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Villager Returns To Avea After 16 Years

Her love for her island home was what brought Fane Fricker back to Fiji. She is originally from Avea Village in Vanuabalavu but has been residing in Melbourne, Australia for
13 May 2016 08:37
Villager Returns To Avea After 16 Years
Australian Fane Fricker (middle) on board the Lomaiviti Princess on her way to Avea Village in Vanuabalavu to deliver Cyclone Winstons relief supplies to her relatives. Some of the relief supplies are seen stacked at the back shelves. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai.

Her love for her island home was what brought Fane Fricker back to Fiji.

She is originally from Avea Village in Vanuabalavu but has been residing in Melbourne, Australia for the past 36 years.

Yesterday she left Suva for Vanuabalavu with a 20-foot container filled with goods and educational items she brought with her from Australia.

“My village was severely   affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston and I remember it took us two weeks to look for the pictures of our village in the internet,” Ms Fricker said.

“After seeing the pictures, through the help of my family, we started collecting stuff such as clothes, utensils and other household items to be put together so that we could send it over to those at home.”

Ms Fricker last visited her village 16 years ago.

“I feel so blessed and this has all been made possible through various contributions received from our local churches, my grandchildren’s school, my niece’s family and a countless number of people who we count on as family,” she said.

“I plan to have all this distributed evenly in Avea before I return to Suva on Wednesday and then fly back to my family in Australia.”

 

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