Monday, September 03, 2012

Labasa festival winners

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Now the Methodist Conference is over, I can stop reposting stories about it!  Get back to stories that are actually related to babasiga land.  Here's one - winners in a recent festival in Labasa.  Reminds me of a visit we made to a fine sheep property out of Colac when Peceli was doing some interim ministry there. . The whole shearing shed - where we were having the bush dance - had walls completely covered with sashes from the prizes at agricultural shows. Anyway thanks to the girls for fund-raising for the development of Labasa.

Laite, Tailevu lady, wins big


(from right) Miss Charity 2012 Laite Dakuwaqa, 2012 Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North Queen Tanveen Kaur, 2nd runner-up Loriza Naidu and 3rd runner -up Elea Falesau. Photo: LITIA BUKALIDI
The Charity crown for the 2012 Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North was awarded to Miss Public Service Commission Laite Dakuwaqa.  The young lady from Nataleira, Tailevu helped raise $30, 007.15 with her sponsors help.
Festival of the Friendly North organizing committee President Mohammed Yasin said the funds raised would be invested into infrastructure for Labasa.
“Proceeds from last year and 2010 have been used in the Sports multi- purpose complex; our major sponsor Vodafone Fiji Limited has been kind enough to contribute $25,000 to the festival”.
Mr. Yasin said they had initially been worried about corporate support for this years event but was appreciative about those who supported the contestants.
Vodafone Fiji Limited Manager for Value Added Services and Corporate Affairs Shalendra Prasad said it was good to see the young contestants advocating on healthy living.
“We can use our natural resources to live a healthy life, why can we use fresh fruits and vegetable, sea food to take care of our health?”
Mr. Prasad commended the committee for the planned projects taken up by the committee and hopes to see it up and running soon.
“Our sponsorship is a way of saying thank you to the North for their continued support to Vodafone”.
More than $150,000 was raised in total at the festival.
----  and from Fiji Times:

Queen's plans

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, September 03, 2012
REIGNING Miss Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North 2012 Tanveen Kaur now has her eyes fixed on a project to benefit the northern community.
Miss Kaur vowed to continue a family effort to serve the community, a legacy her late mother Manmeet Singh left behind.
Addressing the northern crowd following her crowning on Saturday night in Labasa, she said she would meet the other contestants to discuss details of the project to be undertaken, and called for support from the community when it begins.
"We need to continue with the good work of enlightening our community with knowledge of living a healthy life, including oral health," Miss Kaur said. "It's part of our giving back to the community."
In an interview at her home yesterday, Miss Kaur wished her mother was present to witness her achievement of another level of community charity work through her participation in the festival. "When I was asked to be a contestant, I accepted it but to promote healthy living and advocate on oral health. I didn't think of winning the crown but all that changed as we progressed in the week.
"The support from my dad and my younger sister Jasveen Kaur was superb. It's like having my mum around. They have done a great job and my sister organised my dress designs with a friend and known designer Shamal Singh," she said.
Dad Dr Pardeep Singh said his daughters had always been involved in community work from childhood.
"Their mother loves doing that kind of work and always involved our two daughters so it has been with them all this time."

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