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$104k Distributed Amongst 19

  A total of $104,885.42 was distributed to 19 organisations marking the success of 2016 Hibiscus Festival. The distribution was conducted at the Albert Park Pavilion in Suva yesterday during the
03 May 2017 11:00
$104k Distributed Amongst 19
Minister for Local Government Parveen Kumar (left) and Bachubhai Patel of Vinofd Patel handover the 2016 Hibiscus Festival Charity Chest sponsorship cheque to Leba Laveti of Dilkusha Home on May 2, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

A total of $104,885.42 was distributed to 19 organisations marking the success of 2016 Hibiscus Festival.

The distribution was conducted at the Albert Park Pavilion in Suva yesterday during the 2016 Hibiscus Festival Charity Chest.

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Infrastructure and Transport, Parveen Bala said last year’s festival was a big success and this year the executive members planned to organise a bigger one.

“Another achievement was when Miss Hibiscus, Anne Dunn went on winning the 2016 Miss Fiji Pageant and 2016 Miss South Pacific Pageant.

“2016 Miss Hibiscus had brought in great achievements to Fiji.

“The Hibiscus Festival will be fully supported by my ministry ensuring the continuity of the festival.

“Through festivals such as Hibiscus, we bring our community together with various multi-cultural events.

“Festivals have become a common ground to promote youth and women.

“Empowering women has been one of the major achievements of all festivals in allowing contestants to contest and advocate on,” Mr Bala said.

Hibiscus Event Group chairperson, Hirdesh Prasad, said Miss Charity, Rejieli Vueti sponsored by Fiji National University, raised $41,216.68.

“The Vodafone Fiji  Hibiscus Festival not only provides the platform to raise awareness or issues that plague us daily, but also provides the opportunity to collaborate with corporate agencies to raise much needed funds to assist the homeless, the poor, the desperate and to the needy group and organisations which has now become the cornerstone of the festival.

“Giving back to the needy groups and organisations, to the communities and most importantly to those who are in need of assistance is also a key focus of the FijiFirst Government and I am also grateful that my committee and sponsors have the same vision,” Mr Prasad said.

The grant was distributed by Fulton Hogan Hiways, Fiji National University, Land Transport Authority, Vinod Patel Home and Living, Foneology, Central Pharmacy and Suva City Council.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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