I must commend the organisers of the Vodafone Rakiraki Carnival for taking the initiative to organise a carnival based on the theme "Building resilience to natural disasters".
Rakiraki perhaps was one of the worst-affected areas as a result of the terror caused by STC Winston. As people are slowly picking up pieces and adding the puzzles to their lives, the carnival is bound to add some flavour to a town known for its hospitality and caring attitude. Despite the effects of STC Winston, the businessmen, parents, students and teachers of Rakiraki have braved the obstacles coming their way.
The theme for the carnival is apt and well coined, considering the detrimental effects of a cyclone that created fear in the minds of the Ra residents. People lost their livelihood, belongings, properties and the opportunity to progress in life. I must thank, at this juncture, Vodafone for stepping in and sponsoring this year's carnival. We all know that Rakiraki is vulnerable and prone to flooding and tropical cyclones and that a joint effort is needed to minimise the impacts. I must commend the lion hearts of Rakiraki for moving on despite the havoc. With little more Government assistance, people should be able to cope. I wish the queens all the best as they have been putting a lot of effort to make their presence felt. A big vinaka vakalevu to The Fiji Times for covering the queens gracing the Rakiraki Carnival! As you celebrate 147 years of existence, continue to pursue transparency, accountability and impartiality. No form of advertisement can take away the fact that you are the best in terms of news coverage and you are the choice of the majority of readers. I would rather go for the Tebbutt Media Survey than some statistics that raise my eyebrows. I leave the rest to the readers to judge! Thank you the people's newspaper!