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Islanders Cut Cane To Fund Church Building

Islanders Cut Cane To Fund Church Building
Rabi women in a sugarcane field at Tabia outside Labasa Town on July 8, 2017. Photo: Viliame Luita
July 11
11:00 2017

The group raised $220

The Rabi Methodist  Church congregation hope to build a new church in Labasa soon from cutting sugar cane.

They are temporary using their church hall for Sunday service in Labasa.

Methodist Church administrator Viliame Luita said the church members have started to fundraise through their weekly soli.

According to Mr Luita, 11 Methodist Banabans are harvesting sugarcane at the Bulavou, Tabia farm to fundraise to construct a new church in Labasa.

“The Rabi people in Labasa always think they are going out for a picnic, but the picnic is at Tabia farm to clean up for the ladies and harvesting for men,” Mr Luita said.

“It is team work for them – whenever there is a sugar cane harvest all go in so while the men cut cane the women do the clearing.”

The sugar cane farmer foots transport and food costs. The Rabi Methodists in Labasa have a congregation of 40 members.

During the last long weekend men from Tabwewa Village in Rabi came over to assist in the harvesting. All proceeds are given towards the new church.

The group raised $220 which was forwarded to the church fund. The farm is owned by Fiji Sugar Corporation Labasa Mill manager Karia Christopher with 100 acres of land.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola




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