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Let the festivities begin

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, August 11, 2017

CLIMATE change is real and telling our own narrative of its impact sends our message across stronger and clearer to the world.

This is what the 2017 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival strongly focuses on this year, getting our message across about climate change and its effects on our livelihood.

Hibiscus Events Group chairman Hirdesh Prasad said the theme was chosen in the group's obligation towards the Fijian Government's national commitment to COP23.

"We all need to do our part in support of government's global campaign, so to all our sponsors thank you so much for your support. It is because of you that we can intensify the awareness and our pledge to making a change in saving our environment," Mr Prasad said.

"We can all speak at length about protecting the environment but what we also need to do is turn those words into actions. Previously the Vodafone Hibiscus has only provided a platform to create awareness on such issues, but this year I'm proud to announce that we are seeing these words in action."

He said after much planning and discussions the committee managed to partner with a number of corporate organisations who were just as committed as they were to develop very environmentally friendly initiatives that would be enforced during the festival.

'With the support from government (Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment) we are working with Carpenters Fiji Ltd, Water Authority of Fiji and the Suva City Council on a waste water treatment system that will be used during the festival," Mr Prasad said.

"The system will be used for all the stalls where a waste water catchment will be installed to capture the waste water run-off from source and channelled through the system where it will be treated at each stage to make it cleaner or environmentally friendly by the time it is released into the public drainage system."

He said committee and the contestants would do projects after the festival with the help of the Department of Environment.

"We have new programs that will be showcased throughout the week and that includes programs from China, Japan and India.

"For this year the main stage will be free to the public if they want to be part of the main event except for the Kaila! Star Search event," he said.

"We have 65 to 70 food stalls for the festival and we have separated the food stalls from the government tents and flea market so everyone can enjoy everything without any hassle."

The event starts this Friday at the Vodafone Arena.

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