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Advocate Well On Climate Change: Vuniwaqa

Advocate Well On Climate Change: Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa (fifth from right), with the contestants at the opening of the Digicel Nadi Bula Festival at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
July 23
10:01 2017

Nine beautiful contestants of the Digicel Bula Festival were urged last night by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa to advocate well on climate change.

Mrs Vuniwaqa officiated at the opening of the 57th festival at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

“Platforms like a municipality driven carnival is effective in reaching out to people at the local level and I applaud this initiative of the Nadi Bula Festival Trust,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

“I urge you all (contestants) to use this powerful platform to advocate on issues you are passionate about and when the festival is over, continue looking at ways you can help in empowering your communities, socially and economically.

“It is better to be proactive and we must begin by doing our part now,” she said.

She thanked the organising committee for upholding the only unbroken festival in Fiji since 1960.

“It is evidence of the steadiness and determination of the Bula Festival Trust and the people of Nadi, that despite several incidences of flooding that happened along the way, the oneness and the resourceful of the people of this town remained,” she said.

The festival ends on Saturday with the crowning of the Bula Festival queen.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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