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Vanuabalavu festival looks to the future

By FONUA TALEI Raising funds for village development through education for the children of Vanuabalavu is the aim of the first Vanuabalavu Day festival. The festival, which began on Thursday,
13 Oct 2012 11:04

By FONUA TALEI

Raising funds for village development through education for the children of Vanuabalavu is the aim of the first Vanuabalavu Day festival.
The festival, which began on Thursday, featured fundraising by the 17 villages of Vanuabalavu. Organising committee spokesperson Mesake Koroi said investing in children’s education was meaningful because it would mean an improvement in the lifestyle of the Vanuabalavu people.
“We are trying to raise enough money to form the basis of assisting development that has already been undertaken by government in Vanuabalavu. Government has done its part and now the people need to do theirs,” Mr Koroi said.
“When we talk about development we mean education for the children of Vanuabalavu. We do not have enough land for everyone to farm, our sea resources have been exhausted, so we only have education.”
He said they wanted to create a revolution among the youths of Vanuabalavu by prioritising mental, physical, and spiritual development in them.
“This gathering is not so much about raising money but about creating an atmosphere of togetherness among our people.”
Mr Koroi told Fiji Sun that $239,622.10 was collected after day two of festivities. On Thursday $161,476.05 was raised.
“Vanuabalavu Day will finish tomorrow (today) and will be led by our fellow Vanuabalavu counterparts from the Northern hemisphere who are residing in USA, Europe, and Canada will officially close the fundraiser.”  l Pictures on Page 21




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