ORGANISERS of the Yasawa-i-Rara Carnival are aiming to raise $160,000 for the construction of a new church to replace the one that was badly damaged during Tropical Cyclone Evan in 2012.
Committee member Soveti Naigata said 16 tokatoka from Yasawa-i-Rara Village levied $10,000 to be raised through various fundraising drives.
"The villagers have been using the community hall on Sundays after Evan," she said.
"The church is a very important building for any village and so we wanted to ensure that our people had one."
She said the theme of the week-long carnival was "Through Christ we can overcome anything".
"It serves also as a reminder that no matter what church you belong to or what religion, we can come together to serve God by helping in building his house.
"So far, the response has been positive and we are grateful to all our supporters for helping us with his cause."
She said eight young women were vying for the festival crown.