Ro­tuma Fund Drive Fo­cus On Win­ston Vic­tims

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Fiji Ro­tuma As­so­ci­a­tion had or­gan­ised a fundrais­ing yes­ter­day to con­trib­ute to­wards the Prime Min­is­ter’s Cy­clone Ap­peal Fund. This was part of their Ro­tuma Day cel­e­bra­tions at Church­ward Chapel Ground at Rewa Street in Suva, yes­ter­day.

As­so­ci­a­tion chair Pase­rio Furi­vai said: “To­day’s Ro­tuma Day Cel­e­bra­tion is very spe­cial to us.

“It is fo­cused on peo­ple af­fected by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston. “We have or­gan­ised fundraise to help peo­ple af­fected by Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston,” he said. The theme for this year’s Ro­tuma Day cel­e­bra­tion is ‘Who is My Neigh­bour? A Jour­ney in Com­pas­sion.’ The Ro­tuma Day is marked on May 13 but it was cel­e­brated yes­ter­day. “Ro­tuma Day cel­e­bra­tion is all about all Ro­tu­mans to get to­gether and re­unite with their fam­i­lies. “There are rel­a­tives who are liv­ing apart but, this cel­e­bra­tion re­unites them,” he said.

Mr Furi­vai said they par­tic­i­pated in cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties such as chil­dren danc­ing, women show­case their hand­i­craft work and men dis­play­ing their root crops. “To­day marks the day when Ro­tuma was ceded to Bri­tain 135 years ago. “We also ap­pre­ci­ate our an­ces­tors for what they had done for us and pray for our younger gen­er­a­tion to have a bet­ter fu­ture,” he said. Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

Photo: Sha­hani Mala

The Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote, with First Lady Sarote Kon­rote at the Church­ward Chapel dur­ing Ro­tuma Day cel­e­bra­tions at Rewa Street in Suva, yes­ter­day.

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