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Fashion Festival Gives Back

Fashion Festival Gives Back
May 17
11:06 2018

The Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Fes­tival is set to bring Suva, the glob­al centre for Pacific fashion, the fashion industry platform it deserves. Over two fabulous nights, June 1 and 2 the most iconic venue in our region, the Grand Pacific Hotel, will be transformed into a high energy celebration of the Fijian fashion in­dustry.

The Fijian fashion industry has a heritage and history dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, with some of our brightest pioneers now a part of bringing the Festival to life.

Icons like Anna Sweetman, Bernadette Rounds-Ganilau, Zelda Thomas, and Sandhya Nand, amongst many others, have thrown their support in words, kind, and action be­hind the goals and ethos of the Festival and its organisers.

Central to these goals, is fashion giving back to the community.

The festival family is achieving this through designer workshops for capacity building, model training with a goal of developing young people’s confidence and personal brand awareness.

A charity dinner has been organised for May 31 in the Brittania Ballroom of the Grand Pa­cific Hotel where they will be raising funds for the Loloma Foundation.

The Loloma Foundation’s mission is to pro­vide sustainable medical, dental and infra­structure support to rural communities in the South Pacific who would otherwise have no access to basic healthcare.

In the last 15 years the Loloma Foundation has accomplished the following:

nShipped and distributed $32M worth of medication and medical and dental supplies and equipment to Fiji and the Solomon Is­lands

nOrganised and implemented 60 medical/ dental missions in 150 Fijian and Solomon Is­land villages

  • 90,000 patients have been treated by our vol­unteer physicians
  • 382 cataract surgeries have been performed
  • 520 general surgeries have been performed
  • 8,700 dental patients have been seen

Community

The Loloma Foundation believes that it is also important to build a healthy community, beyond providing basic medical and dental care.

They strive to enable people to do for them­selves. To achieve this, they are committed to the following:

  • Joint funding (co-financed with village par­ticipation) of sustainability projects:
  • Village solarisation
  • Clean water through catchment and stor­age tanks
  • Stocking libraries with children’s and adult books
  • Building Kindergartens in rural villages
  • Providing educational materials to Kinder­gartens
  • Training teachers who are certified by the Fiji Kinde Project
  • Scholarships for primary and secondary school students
  • Village bakery businesses

Fashion Council of Fiji and Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival chairperson Faraz Ali said: “We couldn’t think of a more worthy cause than the Loloma Foundation who seek to reach the most vulnerable members of our society.

“Fashion goes beyond glamour – fashion is business, and as businesses we have a social responsibility to ensure that we are support­ing communities that do not have the same ac­cess to Medical services as we do.

“In doing this, we will establish a major fash­ion charity event in Suva that compliments the long established and highly respected Style Fiji which happens in Nadi every De­cember.

“We have fantastic entertainment scheduled for the evening, and this will also be the open­ing night of the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival so it is a night not to be missed!”

Tickets for the Dinner are available at the House of Design, QBE Insurance Arcade Suva, or by emailing bula@fijianfashionfest.com

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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