Nothing Impossible For A Determined Chand

Meet Arti Chand! She will be vying for the crown at this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival. Her theme is: My Ocean Matters and she said the serene brutality of the
12 Jun 2017 18:42
Nothing Impossible For A Determined Chand
Arti Chand is one of the 16 confirmed contestants confirmed for this years Vodafone Hibiscus Festival. Photo: Supplied

Meet Arti Chand! She will be vying for the crown at this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.

Her theme is: My Ocean Matters and she said the serene brutality of the ocean is both to marvel at and fear.

“To survive and prosper, we all need healthy oceans as it generates half of the oxygen people breathe and are the lifeblood of planet earth and the sustainability of humankind,” she said.

“Since its one of our Sustainable Development Goals- (SDG14) Life below water and 2017 as Pacific Year of the Ocean, it is our responsibility as an individual and as a Pacific Islander to take the initiative to protect our marine eco-system.”

“If you took a trip to the grocery store, pharmacy or market, and what do you come home with? For most, a bunch of plastic bags! Maybe you recycle them, maybe you don’t, and they wind up in your regular trash and then into our oceans.

“If there is one message that needs to be heard, it is to stop our oceans from drowning in plastics and it begins with us the choices we make.”



Arti Chand, 24, was born and raised in Labasa with her parents and is the eldest of two siblings.

She attended Bethel Primary School and Labasa Sangam (SKM) College and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in management and Information Systems from the Fiji National University in 2015.

Ms Chand is currently employed by Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat as their Coordinator Logistics and Information Technology. She was also part of the Duavata Northern Carnival in 2013 as Miss Labasa and was the first runner up.


What was your first reaction when you were told that you were one of the Queens at this year’s festival?

Chand: Wow and Thank you Jesus! For me it’s a dream come true. From a younger age I always dreamt of standing on that platform.


What was the motivation behind entering this year’s Hibiscus?

Chand: My family is my source of motivation that I have always looked upon. They have supported me always and guided me every time whenever I needed them. I remember sending my application for this year’s hibiscus was a very last minute decision for me but a decision that I won’t regret.


What are you looking forward to the most in this year’s festival?

Chand: I am looking forward to a beautiful journey with my awesome Hibiscus family which I will remember for a lifetime. I am sure that this journey will definitely allow me to learn the things which I never knew and I’m hoping to be an inspiration to all those girls who actually dreamt of being on this platform like I did when I was small.


Has it ever crossed your mind growing up and watching the festival that one day you’ll be part of it?

Chand: Yes and dreams do come true. Watching it on television from a very young age at home and telling myself one day I will be there was just a belief that yes, nothing is impossible in life. If there is a will surely there is a way.


Apart from your current position, what do you like doing in your past time?

Chand: I love baking and spending most of my time with my family


Who are your greatest inspiration by far?

Chand: My mum and dad. They are not just my inspiration but the people I look forward to when I need anything in life standing as a pillar of strength and being my role models. All I can say about my parents is that whatever life threw at them, they both have taught me never to lose hope because after every dark night comes a beautiful sunrise which is the next day full of opportunities and things to explore in life.


Challenges in your line of work?

Chand: Sometimes multiple tasks assigned at the same time, but eventually getting it through planning and using time efficiently helps me overcome these challenges, and of course with the good team that I work with it always encourages me to do more for my organisation.


What would you like to take away from this year’s Hibiscus?

Chand: I would surely take a whole lot of experience, self-confidence and a positive mind set with me and hoping to share my knowledge with those who are looking forward to meeting me and yes, it will be a blessing if I do get crowned as Miss Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus 2017. Through that I will get more opportunities to advocate on my message and encourage my fellow youths who will become role models to our future generation.



Quote: Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Book: Bible

Food: Anything that my mum cooks

Favourite song right now:  I would say all-time favourite, I Am Not Alone – Kari Jobe

All time movie: Titanic

Favourite guilty pleasure: Waking up late in the morning when knowing I have something important to do on that particular day.

Ms Chand is one of 16 confirmed Queen contestants at this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus that will be held from August 11 to 19 at the Vodafone Arena, Suva.

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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