FESTIVAL HYPE: GOOD TURNOUT FOR

VODA­FONE FESTIVAL CON­TES­TANT CAST­ING

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Voda­fone Hi­bis­cus Festival cast­ing was a suc­cess as Festival chair­man Hird­esh Prasad feels it was a nice turn out and un­ex­pected as peo­ple were still re­cov­er­ing from the shock of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston.

“It was out­stand­ing, I could not be­lieve that peo­ple are still in­ter­ested af­ter TC Win­ston and they have so much to ad­vo­cate about, it was a nice turn out,” Mr Prasad said. The Voda­fone Hi­bis­cus com­mit­tee was in front of Tap­poo City yes­ter­day with for­mer con­tes­tants who were en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to par­tic­i­pate in the char­i­ta­ble event. Voda­fone Hi­bis­cus 2014 Queen Nanise Rain­ima said: “You can ex­pect the trend to hap­pen again over the years but this year I think it’s go­ing to be dif­fer­ent and that’s the best thing be­cause ev­ery year the stan­dard is dif­fer­ent and there is some­thing new.” This year con­tes­tants can ex­pect a change in the theme com­pared to pre­vi­ous years. “For the last two years our theme was based on cli­mate change and this year will be com­pletely dif­fer­ent and based on chil­dren and that’s yet to be fi­nalised,” Mr Pras- ad said. Par­ents are en­cour­ag­ing their chil­dren to be part of this year’s festival and Mr Prasad has con­firmed that a good num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions have been filled and many forms will be sub­mit­ted to their of­fice by to­mor­row. Ap­pli­cants are ex­cited to know the out­come of their ap­pli­ca­tion and they are wait­ing for the com­mit­tee’s re­sponse with an­tic­i­pa­tion.

Young peo­ple in­spired to make a change

Many young peo­ple crowded up in front of Tap­poo City to make a dif­fer­ence, with the Voda­fone Hi­bis­cus Com­mit­tee giv­ing out forms to young peo­ple look­ing for a plat­form to ad­vo­cate their con­cerns. Sheenal Swastika, one of the new ap­pli­cant this year said she was very ex­cited. The 21-year-old is from Labasa and is cur­rently study­ing Law at the Univer­sity of Fiji and works as a Para­le­gal of­fi­cer for Mishra Prakash and As­so­ci­ates and is hop­ing to be se­lected as one of the con­tes­tants this year. “This has been my child­hood dream and this gives me a plat­form to ad­vo­cate on poverty erad­i­ca­tion to help de­crease the poverty line in Fiji,” Ms Swastika said. Catherin Kama, 15 of Ka­davu is a stu­dent of Gospel High School and looks up to her fa­ther Ki­tione Kama who has sup­ported and en­cour­aged her in be­com­ing an in­spi­ra­tion for the girls of her age. Like some young peo­ple, she ap­plied this year af­ter not be­ing suc­cess­ful last year. Mr Kama said: “I wanted my daugh­ter to ex­pe­ri­ence new things in life and to be­come an open minded per­son learn­ing new things.”

Photo: Jes­sica Gounder

Catherin Kama fill­ing a form for the Teens cat­e­gory.

Photo: Jes­sica Gounder

Pri­tan­shu Lal fill­ing a form for the Voda­fone Hi­bis­cus Festival 2016 Queen’s cat­e­gory.

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