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Minister Kumar: Road Safety, Everyone’s Responsibility

The highly anticipated Vodafone Hibiscus Festival will take a strong stand on road safety with the theme ‘Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility’. The Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure
12 Jun 2016 15:13
Minister Kumar: Road Safety, Everyone’s  Responsibility
The 12 queen contestants that will be vying for the 2016 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival crown at the official launch at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.Standing from left:Unise Radinitoga, Saniana Ratu, Miss Foneology Sotiana Mele, Ann Dunn, Maria Rokowati and Ateca Elder. Sitting from left: Ferlisa Valentine, Miss Telecom Fiji Limited - Adi Veti Vukalokalo, Sheenal Swastika, Milika Ryland, Anishma Lal, Raijeli Vueti. Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

The highly anticipated Vodafone Hibiscus Festival will take a strong stand on road safety with the theme ‘Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility’.

The Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar, while launching the festival at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Friday night, said road safety was something that required everyone’s involvement.

“The theme is certainly promoting for more wider actors to educate and assist in road safety which is important,” he said.

“Such important programmes can simply not be left to the Land Transport Authority or drivers to implement. It is something that needs everyone to be involved in to ensure better road safety.”

Hibiscus Events Group (HEGI) executive chairman Hirdesh Prasad said the theme came in light with the increasing road death toll and traffic violations.

Festival marks 60th year

This year will also mark the 60th anniversary of the Hibiscus Festival since its inception in 1956.

“This year is an extra special year for all of us and we are very happy to celebrate this anniversary with the people of Suva and around the globe,” Mr Prasad said.

“We will also have a very exciting programme centred around that,” he said.

Mr Prasad acknowledged the Fiji Sports Council for their support and assistance in providing the new venue.

“The new venue at the Vodafone Arena and Gymnasium is very fitting. It has been the host for many international and regional competitions and now it will host Fiji’s largest pageant,” he said.

Major sponsor Vodafone Fiji Limited, in partnership with HEGI and associate sponsors, have continued their partnership  and are set to ignite the excitement for the Mother of All festivals.

Vodafone Fiji chief marketing officer Rajnesh Prasad said the festival had become a crucial branch of their philanthropic initiative that had benefited the needy from the charity chest donations.

“The festival is also a perfect avenue for the many confident and talented men and women to communicate on issues of importance and concern in our Pacific Island Countries.

“It is opportune moment for individuals, organizations and our Pacific Island nations to bridge and raise awareness on social, health, cultural and environmental gaps,” he said.

The 11 kings, 12 queens and 12 teen contestants, who will be contesting in this year’s festival, were also introduced at the launch.

The 2016 Vodafone Hibiscus will take place at the Vodafone Arena in Suva from August 12 to 20.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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