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Govt plans big Fiji Day bash

By MAIKELI SERU Government has set aside $100,000 to host a grand  Fiji Day celebration next week, marking 42 years since our independence. Launching a joint buildup campaign with the
02 Oct 2012 09:11

Ministry of Information Permanent Secretary Sharon Smith-Johns with posters for the Fiji Day celebrations campaign labelled ‘Put up a Flag, Put down a Lovo’ during the press conference on Fiji Day celebrations at the Ministry of Information office in Suva yesterday. Photo: NAVNEET NARAYAN

By MAIKELI SERU

Government has set aside $100,000 to host a grand  Fiji Day celebration next week, marking 42 years since our independence.
Launching a joint buildup campaign with the Ministry of Defence yesterday, the Permanent Secretary for Information Sharon Smith-Johns said the whole country should be part of the event.
“The theme of the Fiji Day is ‘Celebrate United Fiji’,” Ms Smith-Johns said.
“Over the past few years, there has been a lack of support for Fiji Day. This year is like a reset. We want to start looking again at our nation’s pride.”
Posters for the campaign labelled ‘Put up a Flag, Put down a Lovo’ hit the streets and media outlets yesterday.
“Fiji Day should be fun. It is something we should celebrate like the rest of the world who celebrate their national holidays.”
She said celebrations had been planned for Suva, Lautoka, Labasa and the old capital Levuka.
“Government has put on different events. I urge all businesses to support Fiji Day. From Government’s perspective, we love to see Fiji flags everywhere. We love to see blue and white and I urge businessmen to help us promote and push Fiji Day this year.
The Suva celebrations will start with a march through the streets to Albert Park. The President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will officiate in the event.
Divisional Commissionery West, Commander Joeli Cawaki, will be chief guest in the Lautoka celebrations.
“We have a lot to be proud of. We need to put our differences behind us and Fiji Day is the ideal opportunity to forget everything that happened in the past. We are moving ahead; Government is moving ahead and we should join hands and embrace Fiji Day and stop looking to the past. We will never find our future in the past,” Ms Smith-Johns said.
The Fiji Day celebrations will be on October 10, next Wednesday.




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