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Festival exceeds target

Luke Rawalai
Monday, September 01, 2014

THE Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North raised $210,000 this year.

Festival chairman Vincent Sahayam says the committee's initial target was to raise $180,00 adding exceeding their target is a sign of how popular the carnival has become with northerners.

Mr Sahayam said the Miss Charity Shayal Kant managed to raise $15,000 during the carnival.

He added the committee was still waiting on a few gifts from sponsors who had also pledged their support to them.

"The carnival was really a successful one this year and people have faith in this carnival because they have begun to witness its fruits," Mr Sahayam says.

"Our projects have started in the Wainikoro area including the other surrounding areas and it is branching out to Savusavu.

"Apart from the projects planned for this year we will rope in people from the public sector to discuss projects which the committee can partake in."

Mr Sahayam revealed earmarked projects this year included the development of a recreational park where the Labasa Town Council Botanical Gardens stood.

"We are planning to create a recreational park like the one in Nasese, Suva including the construction of a conducive walkway for patients visiting Labasa Hospital," he said.

"We are also planning to make bure at the Savusavu foreshore for weary travellers to relax in and we are also keeping our eyes and ears open for other community projects that may need our assistance."

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