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Lomaiviti Province Targets $500,000

  The Lomaiviti carnival committee is targeting $500,000 this year for its weeklong event at Furnival Park in Toorak, Suva. The money raised from the carnival would be used for
03 Dec 2017 13:48
Lomaiviti Province Targets $500,000
Children and women from Natauloa, Nairai, running Ohana’s Stall 11 during the Lomaiviti Carnival on December 2, 2017Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

 

The Lomaiviti carnival committee is targeting $500,000 this year for its weeklong event at Furnival Park in Toorak, Suva.

The money raised from the carnival would be used for the running of the provincial office, and the province’s investment strategy, said carnival committee chairperson Peni Tora.

At the opening yesterday, Mr Tora said the last carnival was in 2015 where they raised $150,000, which they had initially targeted.

The Lomaiviti Carnival, which is known as Mataka Vou Kei Lomaitivi (A New Dawn for Lomaiviti), did not happen last year following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The theme this year is ‘Preserving Traditional Culture and Art’ and they are trying to use people’s knowledge to improve their livelihood.

The province comprises seven main islands: Batiki, Nairai, Ovalau, Koro, and Moturiki, Makogai and Wakaya.

This week, you can see a colourful display of food, handicraft, meke, and style, unique only to the islands, to be showcased at the event which ends on December 9.

Mr Tora estimated that about 90 per cent of those who were present at the opening came from the islands.

The carnival was officiated by the people of Lomaiviti who reside in the Northern Division with an opening contribution of $6000.

Stall 11 owner Mereani Buatoka of Natauloa in Nairai said despite the weather, the turnout was good.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj

 

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