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Labasa Festival Collects $72K

Labasa Festival Collects $72K
Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North committee members with the queen contestants at Subrail Park in Labasa last Saturday night. Photo: Shratika Naidu
August 31
09:12 2015

The 2015 Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North ended on a high note last Saturday after the 12 queen contestants collected a total of $72,420.15.

Miss Fiji Sugar Corporation Angylishna Asha won the Miss Charity crown after collecting $20,921.45 for the charity chest.

“I would like to thank my sponsors who have been winning this crown for so many years and made it possible once again to win this,” Miss Asha said.

Queen dedicates win to PSC staff

Meanwhile Miss Public Service Commission (PSC) Fugawai Bulivou, who was crowned the 2015 Miss Friendly North, dedicated her win to the Public Services Commission staff.

“It is an honour and privilege to win this crown and I dedicate it to all the PSC staff,” she said.

She also thanked the Almighty God, her sponsors and parents for all their love and support.

The 23-year-old, originally from Yadrana Village, Lakeba, will now prepare for the Miss Fiji Pageant.

Kevin crowned King

Mr Maatuk Motors Spares Kevin Siwan was crowned as Mr Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North King.

He also walked away with the Mr Personality award last Saturday.

The First Runner-Up was Patrick Chandra Rasuga sponsored by Zaid Engineering Limited.

Vodafone, festival committee thank all

Vodafone Fiji chief technical officer Andrew Kumar, who was the chief guest at the closing ceremony, said the festival had been a beneficial initiative with a fundamental cause to educate, improve and empower individuals and communities in the North.

“This year the festival promoted the theme, ‘Building a Better North’, through the ambience of the festival and incorporating in the messages conveyed by the talented king and queen contestants,” Mr Kumar said.

He said the festival continues to gain popularity each year since Vodafone Fiji begun sponsorship eight years ago.

Festival committee president Rajesh Rishiram thanked his hardworking committee members, Vodafone Fiji, the sponsors of the King and Queen contestants and the people of the Northern Division.

“This festival would not have been successful without you all,” Mr Rishiram said.

He said next year the festival would come in a much bigger way.

And Fiji Airways Group manager public relations Shane Hussein announced that the winner of Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North queen contestant can choose any destination in the world to travel.

“Fiji Link will pay for the air ticket from Labasa to Hong Kong or Los Angeles, wherever she wants to go,” Mr Hussein said.

He said Fiji Link had supported the festival for many years by giving away air tickets to winners and this year they were going bigger.

List of winners of the 2015 Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North

  • Miss Vodafone Friendly North Queen: Miss Public Service Commission Fugawai Bulivou
  • First runner-up: Miss Jaduram Industries Limited Adi Senimili Raturoba Koroi.
    Second runner-up: Miss Labasa Town Council Artika Deo.
  • Miss Charity:  Miss Fiji Sugar Corporation Angylishna Asha.
  • Miss Photogenic: Miss Life Insurance Corporation of India Famiza Fazelat Nisa.
  • Miss Personality: : Miss Charan Jeath Singh and Group of Companies Manisha Vandana Prasad.
  • Mr Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North King: Mr Maatuk Motors Spares Kevin Siwan.
  • First runner-up:  Mr Zaid Engineering Limited Patrick Chandra Rasuga.
  • Mr Personality: Mr Maatuk Motors Spares Kevin Siwan.
  • Best Float: Miss Jaduram Industries Limited Adi Senimili Raturoba Koroi.




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