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Yacata On The Road To Recovery

Yacata On The Road To Recovery
Vude Queen,Laisa Vulakoro(second from right), with fans and guests who turned up for the fundraising at the Royal Suva Yacht Club (RSYC) on June 17, 2017.. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
June 19
10:00 2017


Money raised from the recent Yacata rehabilitation fundraising drive guarantees the rebuilding process back on the island will be completed on time.

“We had a budget and the money raised during the weekend has enabled us to pay for what is left in our budget,” project coordinator Laisa Vulakoro said.

“We were desperate, we do not want to wait on others to rebuild our island,” Ms Vulakoro said.

“We are engaging the best that is why we have volunteered to pay for the 15 army engineers’ meals during their stay on Yacata.

Army Engineers Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Semi Mocelutu yesterday confirmed that the 15 engineering personnel are going to Yacata to construct the island co-operative building that was demolished by Tropical Cyclone Winston last year.

“We are so thankful to the army engineering corp for their assistance, especially when Yacata is not on their budget – that is why we are willing to cover their cost,” she said.

Ms Vulakoro said the money raised would be used to buy the food for the 15 engineers from RFMF that are going to build the store and other works.

Rehabilitation work on Yacata is due to be completed in two months.

“Our families on the island need to continue with their lives, we are fortunate to be able to engage the best to assist us in this process.

“Once our co-operative is built and restocked, life on Yacata will be back to what it was before Winston.”

Organiser and board member of the Yacata Cooperative store Ms Vulakoro said, they are happy that they have also managed to secure grants from the New Zealand High Commission in Suva for over $33, 000.

The Yacata committee has bought all building materials needed for the rehabilitation works.

Ms Vulakoro thanked all those who turned up at the Royal Suva Yacht Club to support their fundraising drive.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola



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