Rotuma Fund Drive Focus On Winston Victims
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
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.