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Concert Raises $7490 For Australia Bushfire Victims

Organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA), the initiative was to raise funds for victims affected by the massive bushfires in Australia.
26 Jan 2020 10:57
Concert Raises $7490 For Australia Bushfire Victims
Vude Queen Laisa Vulakoro (second from left) entertain the Suva crowd during the ‘Fiji 4 Australia Fire Concert’ at Ratu Sukuna Park on January 25, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

A total of $7490.65 was raised during the ‘Fiji 4 Australia Fire Concert’ as hundreds of people showed up to support the worthy cause at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday.

Organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA), the initiative was to raise funds for victims affected by the massive bushfires in Australia.

Among the crowd was James Vunivalu from Valelevu who said: “Raising money now is the least we could do for our friends and families affected in the Australia bushfires.

“I try to put myself in their shoes and what they are going through and because of that the victims in Australia have always been in my daily prayers,” Mr Vunivalu said.

Members of the public at the ‘Fiji 4 Australia Fire Concert’ at Ratu Sukuna Park on January 25, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Members of the public at the ‘Fiji 4 Australia Fire Concert’ at Ratu Sukuna Park on January 25, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Vude Queen and FPRA board member, Laisa Vulakoro, said: “It is a day of fun and giving for the victims of the Australia fire.

“We all know that Australia is always the first country to come to our aid when we go through natural disasters like for instance Tropical Cyclone Winston and other matters and because of that we should return the same favor in helping them through this hard time.”

Fourteen bands and a number of local artists took part in the concert.

All proceedings will be given to the Australian High Commission for the bushfire victims.

Fuelled by a long and intensifying drought, the fire season in the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales began in September 2019 and continues to date.

About 30 people have lost their lives including four firefighters and more than 10 million hectares of bush, forest and parks across Australia destroyed.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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