THE Ba Town Council received an early Christmas windfall of $36,233 from the Ba Foundation yesterday.
According to Ba special administrator Arun Prasad, the money would be used exclusively for beautification works in parks and gardens around the municipality.
The funds were originally transferred from the Ba Riverside Carnival Committee (BRCC) to the Ba Foundation, who then donated a significant portion to the council.
"The BRCC transferred $45,641 to the Ba Foundation. Out of that, $9,408 was paid for beautification work that was jointly undertaken by the Foundation and the council. The Ba Town Council wrote to the Foundation and requested for further funds which resulted in the donation that was done," said Lautoka special administrator and former BRCC chairman Praveen Bala.
Meanwhile, Mr Prasad said the council was grateful for the funds which would be used to benefit the residents of the soccer crazy town.
"I would like to thank Foundation president Praveen Bala and the previous BRCC for this money. We will use it to make Ba more beautiful than it already is. Some of it will be used to kick-off the Ba Riverside Carnival again next year," he said.
The carnival was not held last year and this year.