NINE-YEAR-OLD Veniana Grace Vuata was all smiles when she was crowned Charity Princess of the Nasea Day celebrations in Labasa on Saturday evening.
Representing the Nasea Methodist Church sector, the Class Four student of St Mary's Primary School could not suppress her delight in front of a packed crowd when she was crowned by roko tui Macuata Sitiveni Lalibuli.
Nasea sector raised more than $4000, Nacula came in second with more than $3,000 while Moraia and Vatunibale/Vaturekuka were equal third with more than $2000 each.
Veniana said she was happy to be crowned the first charity princess, something she never thought of achieving.
"I am really glad to win and I know the contest was not about competition but fundraising for a worthy cause to benefit the congregation as a whole," she said.
Nasea sector leader Maikeli Tuqisi thanked the members for their generous contribution.
He said such generosity enabled them to raise the substantial amount in just a short period.
To complement the crown, Veniana was also given a return trip to Nadi.