Fiji-Ro­tu­man Com­mu­nity Raises $10K To­wards PM’s Re­lief Fund

Pres­i­dent Kon­rote ac­knowl­edges their kind spirit and good­will

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The Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote, on Satur­day ac­knowl­edged the kind spirit and good­will among the Fi­jians of Ro­tu­man de­scent, es­pe­cially in ded­i­cat­ing this year’s Ro­tuma Day cel­e­bra­tions to the Fi­jians who suf­fered dur­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston. The Fiji-Ro­tu­man com­mu­nity col­lected over $10,000 which they in­tend to do­nate to­wards the Prime Min­is­ter’s Cy­clone Re­lief and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Fund. They also do­nated the root crops that were on dis­play dur­ing the Agri­cul­ture Show to the Com­mis­sioner Eastern Di­vi­sion for dis­tri­bu­tion to­wards those who are still strug­gling from the ef­fect of Cy­clone Win­ston.

Speak­ing at the cel­e­bra­tion of Ro­tuma Day in Suva on Satur­day, Pres­i­dent Kon­rote thanked the Fiji-Ro­tu­man com­mu­nity for their ges­ture which he said was an act of real neigh­bourly love and care. He said such acts would go a long way to­wards re­build­ing the com­mu­ni­ties who bore the brunt of Cy­clone Win­ston. Ro­tuma Day cel­e­bra­tions in past years were al­ways marked by cul­tural dances, agri­cul­ture and hand­i­craft shows, and much feast­ing and merry-mak­ing.

This year, how­ever, due to Cy­clone Win­ston, the Fiji-Ro­tu­man com­mu­nity de­cided to ob­serve Ro­tuma Day with a church ser­vice, agri­cul­ture and hand­i­craft shows and fundrais­ing to­ward the PM’s Cy­clone Re­lief fund. The Com­mis­sioner Eastern, Luke Moroivalu was present to re­ceive the do­na­tion of root crops. Pres­i­dent Kon­rote also took the op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote a mes­sage on non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDs) of which he is Fiji’s lead­ing ad­vo­cate.

Photo: DEPTFO News

Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote dur­ing the Ro­tuma Day cel­e­bra­tions in Suva on Satur­day.

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