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Teacher joins colleague in chasing Labasa crown

Teacher joins colleague in chasing Labasa crown
Miss Labasa Town Council Farisha Bi vying for the Miss Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North at Grand Eastern Hotel in Labasa on August 5. Photo:SHRATIKA SINGH
August 09
11:00 2017


Farisha Shehana Bi is one of the two contestants vying for the Miss Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North title who teach at the Immaculate Conception College in Bua.

The 23-year-old lass from Tabia outside Labasa is sponsored by the Labasa Town Council. The youngest of three siblings will advocate on child abuse.

“The theme of the festival is ‘healthy environment and healthy people’,” Miss Bi said.

“Hence, I would voice out how the environment moulds a child,” she said.

“If the environment that the child depends on strikes him or her with abuse, then I will focus on how it would affect his or her development growth.”

Miss Paayal Chand who is sponsored by Labasa Lions Club is the other teacher in the contestants’ line-up.

The week-long festival will be held at Subrail Park in Labasa from August 19 to 26.


What was your reaction when you were approached to be a contestant?

Miss Bi: I was overwhelmed and exhilarated upon being approached by the committee to be part of this year’s festival.


What was the motivation behind entering this year’s festival?

Miss Bi: My motivation was the opportunity itself to express myself, educate and influence, become the voice of hope and enlighten the people on the current problems impacting our lives.


What are you looking forward to at the festival?

Miss Bi: I am looking forward to the greatest community contribution in advocating to the public to care for and save the environment. I am also looking forward to building up my social network to enhance future community projects and other awareness campaigns on saving the environment.


Has it ever crossed your mind while growing up that you would one day be part of a beauty pageant as such?

Miss Bi: A beauty pageant is the celebration of beauty. It is an act and a venue to acknowledge and address the social issues that need our attention.  It never occurred to me to be part of any beauty pageant however it is a great honour and privilege to be one of the contestants in this festival.


Who is your greatest inspiration by far? Why?

Miss Bi: I have been greatly inspired by my mother Haliman Bi who is 57-year-old. She is exactly who I want to be like in the future: kind, compassionate and a true epitome of a God- fearing women.  She is an inspiration and a blessing for me and others who know her. She has provided constant encouragement and motivation towards my endeavours.


What would you like to take away from this year’s festival?

Miss Bi: I joined this festival to have a sense of achievement and fulfilment. Likewise, the excitement I will experience and memories I make during this festival would be beyond measure in worth for widening my social horizon and understanding of people.



Food:  Anything my mom cooks.

Song: Closer by Chainsmokers

Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Quote: “I am always happy because I do not expect anything from anyone. Expectation always hurts.” Shakespeare

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola


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