THE descendants of Norman Henry Francis in Wailevu, Labasa, started off their new year on a positive note after organising their first ever reunion on Thursday.
Family members from as far as Nadi, Suva, Vatukoula and other parts of Vanua Levu took time out from their hectic schedules to be part of the two-day event that ended yesterday.
Event organiser Kaiyava Francis said the reunion was aimed at bringing the descendants together for a time of reconnection and to strengthen their relational ties.
"This is the third generation reunion and we are happy to organise it because it's a time for us to socialise, mingle and catch up with other family members," Mr Francis said.
"Most of us don't know each other and we hope this event will reconnect and help us know more about our ancestral roots.
"This is just a small start for us and we hope to organise an even bigger and better reunion in future.
"Our family tree is spread all over Macuata, mainly in Tabia and Nubunisici in Nakama and most of the members have worked and lived in other parts of Fiji and also abroad."
Miriama Digaga Francis,75, who is the most senior clan member, said she was happy to be part of the special event.
She said the event was definitely a time to bring the family together for the purpose of getting to know one another and strengthening their relationships.
Ms Francis encouraged the younger generation to uphold their tradition and love one another.