COLLECTING funds for beautification projects around Tavua Town and bringing people from all walks of life together is the main aim of the Vodafone Gold and Water Carnival.
This was the message from the special administrator for Lautoka, Ba and Tavua, Praveen Bala, at the official opening ceremony of the carnival on Wednesday at Garvey Park.
In his opening address, Mr Bala said they wanted to present the people with a new and modern local carnival.
"Tavua is a small and vibrant community that needs to be more socially active," he said.
"The purpose of raising the funds is to develop more civic facilities and I have been informed by people here that never before has there been a carnival of this magnitude."
Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki, who was chief guest, said the community should support the organising committee to make the festival a success.
"I believe the money collected in this carnival will be well spent to carry out beautification projects and other related works in the town," he said.
"The landowners, business houses and ratepayers have developed the town and need revenue to carry out capital works.
"The funds will be handled by the beautification committee."