29 April, 2015, 12:00 am
AFTER a lapse of about 20 years, the Bilibili race returns to Naitasiri on May 8.
The HMS No Come Back Nabaulevu Methodist Bilibiliathon will involve community in a journey from the village of Naganivatu in Naitasiri down the Rewa River ending in Nausori town.
Event co-ordinator Nimilote Naisorotabua said the Bilibili-athon was an effort to raise funds for an improved church and simultaneously celebrate a traditional mode of transportation, long treasured by the people of Naitasiri.
He said six bilibili (bamboo raft) would cover five kilometres during the two-day journey.
“This is an initiative not only to revive the cultural aspect that many of the youths today are no longer familiar with but to also highlight the environmental benefits of the use of the bilibili,” Naisorotabua said.
Naisorotabua said the event was possible through the support of Foodcity Supermarket, Veimeti Taxi, Trebbel Cleff Driving School and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s Bula FM, Mirchi FM and 2Day FM.
FBC CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said they were pleased to be part of this historical revival.
He hopes the event becomes an annual affair and eventually, a tourist attraction.
“We have always taken lot of pride in supporting minor sports. We see the bilibili races not just a fun community exercise but also as a minor sport which we want to support,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.