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Firemen stand out to claim $500

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, December 15, 2012

THE Suva Fire Station blue watch crew members have taken out this week's Bula Friday competition with their photo beating other entrants for the $500 first place prize.

Senior staff members of the Fiji Times Ltd who judged the photos said the firemen deserved the win for their creativeness.

"Judging keeps getting tougher every week as offices keep stepping up their creativity. But we thought the Suva Fire Station blue watch crew deserve to win," the judges said.

"They looked very smart in their blue and white bula shirts, showcasing their tools of trade in front of their fire station and while other offices did something similar, the firemen just stood out," they said.

Ropate Pareti of the Suva Fire Station said their entry into the competition was a cause of great pride for the firemen.

"While this is the first time we are entering this competition, we feel so proud and there is so much enthusiasm in getting the kalavata done among the members.

"Not only is it for our bula Friday wear, we are also going to don the kalavata for our Christmas party tonight (last night)."

With the Bula Friday competition bringing out the bula spirit in many offices around the country, participants took time out to explain what the competition meant to them.

Setoki Silivale of the Ministry of Works headquarters explained that the "bula spirit defines the Fiji way of living.

"Willing to give without expecting anything in return, helping each other — stranger or not — teamwork, getting to know each other, organising events, helping the less fortunate and the old citizens in the community," Mr Setoki said.

"In our office, bula spirit is when we relax on a Friday afternoon after a hard long week in the office and welcome the long weekend and it's bogi ni veiyanuyanu (Island Night)," he said.