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Villagers raise 200K at foreshore fete

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, October 13, 2012

THE momentum at the three-day Vanuabalavu Day Festival at the Suva foreshore in Suva was beyond expectations.

And the villagers have raised more than $200,000 — surpassing the amount they had initially targeted.

Official Mesake Koroi said it had been a joyous occasion since Thursday where the people of Vanuabalavu were taking every chance to rebuild lost relationships.

"The interesting part of this festival is all the Vanuabalavu people in Lau and all over the world can watch the program live on our website," Mr Koroi said.

He said the three-day event that concluded today was broadcast live via internet.

The Fiji Police Band moved the villagers from their seats as they performed a few of their numbers.

Mr Koroi said families and friends had enjoyed the day with the variety of foods and games available.

He said the turnout from the public was also overwhelming.

Mr Koroi said Vanuabalavu people who now resided in the northern hemisphere would close the festival today.

He said those who would not be able to be at the event had given their contribution that would go directly to developments on the island.

Mr Koroi said money raised would be used to improve facilities established by government.


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