SINCE the revival of the Vofafone Hibiscus Festival in 2006, the Hibiscus Events Group Inc (HEGI) has been able to give $1.79million to organisations earmarked as recipients of its charity chest.
HEGI chairman Hirdesh Prasad revealed this during the announcement of Miss Charity yesterday afternoon.
Mr Prasad said it was a wonderful contribution to these organisations which was only made possible through the hard work of everyone involved directly or indirectly with the festival.
He said the festival was not only about beauty and glamorous shows but it was also a platform in which families could spend some quality time together.
"The Hibiscus Event Group is overwhelmed in bringing to people of Fiji and around the Pacific another successful festival. When the Hibiscus Festival grows, the people grow with it too," he said.
"People around the country gather in the Capital City to enjoy a week of festivity and at the same time it reflects to the world a grand moment in reflecting peace and harmony in our nation.
"It is captivating to see that our children are enjoying their first week of holiday in the buzz of activities providing exciting walking and sightseeing around Albert Park."
Mr Prasad also thanked Miss Fiji Sun Fanifau Spring who was crowned Miss Charity after collecting $39,000.47.
"For the Charity Queen 2014, your effort is reflected to that crown and only one queen can wear that crown," he said.