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Float Procession To Mark Duavata Festival In Labasa

The Digicel Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival starts today with a float procession from Y-Corner to Subrail Park in Labasa at 1pm. Carnival committee chairperson Satish Kumar said this year
30 Jun 2018 11:00
Float Procession To Mark Duavata Festival  In Labasa
Digicel Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival contestants ready for the carnival at Subrail Park in Labasa on June 29, 2018.Photo: Shratika Naidu

The Digicel Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival starts today with a float procession from Y-Corner to Subrail Park in Labasa at 1pm.

Carnival committee chairperson Satish Kumar said this year they had eight queen contestants, five kings, five prin­cesses, five Priscillas and eight teens vying for top honours.

The theme for the week-long carnival, which ends on July 7 is “Duavata for Everyone’s Safety.”

Mr Kumar said the committee aimed to raise $120,000 so that they could build a rest house at Wainigadru in the Macuata province.

“The villagers of Wainigadru made a special request to our committee to build a proper resting house to ease the burden for travellers. Many people from various villages usually wait at the village entrance because it is a pick-up point for public transport to take them to Labasa,” Mr Kumar said.

“Sometimes people wait for more than 12 hours, especial­ly those who travel across from nearby islands.

“There is a temporary shelter, but it can’t accommodate a large number of people and it is not conducive for expect­ing mothers.”

The project will take two years to complete because the committee plans to build a suitable shelter for everyone. The committee members would like to thank the Police band, the Commissioner of Police and those who have con­tinuously supported them.

Edited by Percy Kean

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