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Praises For Contestants Community Involvement

The Fiji Sugar Corporation chief operating officer Navin Chandra commended the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North contestants for their partici­pation, weaving in the importance of youth involvement in communi­ties.
23 Aug 2018 10:00
Praises For Contestants Community Involvement
Twelve queen contestants lined up for iTaukei night during the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North at Subrail Park, Labasa on August 21,2018.. Photo: Shratika Naidu

The Fiji Sugar Corporation chief operating officer Navin Chandra commended the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North contestants for their partici­pation, weaving in the importance of youth involvement in communi­ties. Mr Chandra was speaking to the contestants during their visit to the Labasa Mill yesterday.

“I am also a strong supporter of the pageant’s focus on youth de­velopment and youth’s participa­tion in community development initiatives,” Mr Chandra told the 12 queen and four king contestants.

“Merging community building and youth development is a must.

“I am of the view that the youth must be fully engaged and be in­volved in change efforts at the com­munity level if they are to function as effective members of society.

“Involvement of Youth, in commu­nity development can lead to skills enhancement, confidence building and ownership that can prepare them as they navigate their excit­ing lives towards adulthood.

“As parents and society at large, we have a duty to teach our children the importance of helping others.”

“We need to encourage our chil­dren to volunteer in worthy causes so that they can become active in their communities, if we do this, we will help reverse the moral de­cay that is staring to engulf our communities and help build safe, prosperous and sustainable com­munities.

“I therefore challenge all contest­ants to go out there and be agents of positive change in communities where they live.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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