Ravia Fights Against Child Labour

  Meet Mr Design Shop, Farasiko Ravia, one of the 13 King Contestants for this August’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival. His advocacy message is on the “Fight against Child Labor” “Children
27 Jun 2017 11:00
Ravia Fights Against Child Labour
Farasiko Ravia. Photo: Niyaaz Dean


Meet Mr Design Shop, Farasiko Ravia, one of the 13 King Contestants for this August’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.

His advocacy message is on the “Fight against Child Labor”

“Children around the world are sent out to work by their parents, for many families it is not that they would choose to send their children out to work.

He said extreme poverty means they just don’t have a choice and going to school is an impossible dream.

“If children are sent out to work instead, and denied education, this will have an impact on their future,” Ravia said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



Farasiko Ravia, 20, is originally from Vatulele, Cikobia, Vanua Levu and has maternal links to Waitabu village, Taveuni.

He attended Holy Cross Primary School and All Saints Secondary School.

He recently attended the University of the South Pacific and is pursuing studies for a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Economics.


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

Farasiko: I was about to have an exam one evening when the co-ordinator of the king contestants (Mr Ben) rang me up and told me the surprising news: “ Farasiko Ravia, congratulation. You’re one of the final king contestants in this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.” It was unexpected for me. Tears of joy began to fall. I just looked up to the heavens and said: “Vina’a va’alevu Turaga. Me yaco ga na lomamuni (Thank you God. Let your will be done).


What are you most looking forward to for this year’s Festival?

Farasiko: I am looking forward to delivering my advocacy message which will tend to impart and advocate on issues that people are facing today. And also to have an experience of the Mother of all Festivals in the South Pacific


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

Farasiko: I never thought of being part of such a big festival. However, it is indeed a great honor to have this opportunity that only comes once in a lifetime.


Tell us something about your sponsor?

Farasiko: I am proudly sponsored by CK’s Ezy Buy as Mr Design Shop. CK’s Ezy Buy specialises in a wide range of fancy and fashionable clothing at an affordable price and a variety of household products as well.


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

Farasiko: I always love to play rugby. I am very passionate about this sport. If I am not in a game  I would be either watching or officiating.


Who are your greatest inspiration by far?

Farasiko: My greatest inspiration would be my family. My family’s continuous support and inspiration has made me who I am today. Through their loving and tender care, I strive to achieve my goals and be a good role model to others.


Some of the challenges in your line of work?

Farasiko: A huge challenge for me was, since I am both studying and working, time management is essential. Thus, this would be a call for me to manage and plan my time wisely in order to excel in my endeavours.


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

Farasiko: Being part of such a big festival, the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival, I am willing to support my advocacy and at the same time make a difference in a person’s life.



Quote: “A dream does not become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work.” -Colin Powell

Book: The Bible

Food: BiChilly chicken with dalo

Song right Now: I believe artist- One word

All time Movie: Moana directed by Ron Clements & John Musker.

Guilty Pleasure: Enjoying kids TV shows

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