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Women raise funds for children

Salaseini Vosamana
Saturday, October 13, 2012

ABOUT 800 women of Tunuloa in Cakaudrove gathered for a handicraft show yesterday to raise funds for their children's education.

The show organised by the Soqosoqo Vakamarama iTaukei Tunuloa was held at Koroivonu Village hall where women displayed mats, traditional table covers, brooms, virgin coconut oil and ornamental jewelry.

District women's rep Meresiana Qativi said the show was also a time to collect money to finance the association and the building of a resources centre for the women of Cakaudrove in Savusavu.

"The women from the nine villages in the district started preparing for this special day since the beginning of the year," Mrs Qativi said.

"We are all contributing $1 each that will be directed to the students' scholarship scheme and the rest of it will be used for the building of the centre and also to finance our association."

Mrs Qativi said it was the first time they had organised such a successful event. "Five village chiefs officiated at the show and we are happy that the support from the vanua has been tremendous," she said.

"We will continue to host this event because it brings women in the district together."