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Contestants Urged To Promote Theme of a ‘Healthy and Prosperous North

“This year, after a two-year pause, we aim to take the festival to another level and build on the past successes of the festival which delivered multiple projects from funds raised through the festival for the greater good of the Northern community.”
19 Sep 2022 12:25
Contestants Urged To Promote Theme of a ‘Healthy and Prosperous North
Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North contestants during the festival launch at the Labasa Civic Centre on September 17, 2022. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Rajnesh Prasad has encouraged the 14 contestants of the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North to utilise this year’s platform.

He also encouraged them to advocate and raise awareness on the theme – ‘Healthy and Prosperous North’.

During the launch at Labasa Civic Centre on Saturday night, the Vodafone Fiji Limited chief marketing officer Mr Prasad said a healthy environment meant healthy and productive people.

“With over a decade long partnership, the festival over the years has grown remarkably and we continue to work with the festival committee to push this into greater heights,” Mr Prasad said.

Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North contestants during the festival launch at the Labasa Civic Centre on September 17, 2022. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North contestants during the festival launch at the Labasa Civic Centre on September 17, 2022. Photo: Shratika Naidu

“This year, after a two-year pause, we aim to take the festival to another level and build on the past successes of the festival which delivered multiple projects from funds raised through the festival for the greater good of the Northern community.”

He said notable projects over the years have been the establishment of a new cardiac centre at Labasa Hospital with the EST machine.

In addition, the purchase and installation of a multifunctional ultrasound scanner machine for the Labasa Hospital, construction of bus stops and public convenience, contribution towards disaster relief, school cultural and sporting activities and grants to Non-Government Organisations.

Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North king contestants during the launch at Labasa Civic Centre on September 17, 2022. Photo- Shratika Naidu

Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North king contestants during the launch at Labasa Civic Centre on September 17, 2022. Photo- Shratika Naidu

Meanwhile, the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North committee president Rajneel Maharaj said the main project for this year would be the upgrading of the Northern Dialysis Centre in Labasa.

He said the centre was established by the festival management in 2014 and over years there has been increasing demand for service. “I would like to thank all the sponsors, the people of the north, contestants and their families for joining us,” Mr Maharaj said.

He said the project was estimated to cost $70,000. The project is in line with the objective of the festival’s theme for this year.

The festival will be held from October 8 to 15 at Subrail Park in Labasa. There are 10 queen and four king contestants.

 

Story by: Shratika Naidu

Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj



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