THE Lauan community in Labasa had reason to smile on Saturday at the success of their one-day celebration which raked in $2670.
Community representative Puamau Qalobula said: "We have always exceeded our fundraising soli every year and this is solely because of the dedication of our people from the three districts of Lakeba, Vanuabalavu and Cicia and Yasayasa Moala who live here in Labasa. The funds raised every year are directly diverted to the development of the people of Lau who are living here in Labasa, especially focusing on the education of our own children," he said.
"Even though we are far away from our island home, we have not forgotten the province of Lau, we have a representative who attends the Lau provincial meetings every now and then to get back news of developments in our province and the areas of development where we can contribute towards," he said.
Mr Qalobula said the people of Lau working in Labasa had not forgotten their origins and that the distance between Vanua Levu and Lau had not changed their love for their province. Mr Qalobula said the Lau Day celebrations in Labasa were a time for people from Lau to meet and enjoy the day in the Lau way.