Solevu Raises $0.43mil­lion

$119,664 raised from choir con­tri­bu­tions would go to­wards the cost of the lo­gis­tics of run­ning the Festival of Praise

Fiji Sun - - Nation - FILIPE NAIGULEVU Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika filipe.naigulevu@fi­jisun.com.fj

Methodist Church sec­re­tary for com­mu­ni­ca­tions Rev­erend James Bhag­wan said funds raised dur­ing the solevu (fundrais­ing drive) of the an­nual church con­fer­ence raised a to­tal of $431,000. Rev­erend Bhag­wan said $224,340 was given by the Methodist old schol­ars on Au­gust 13 at the open­ing of the solevu at Fur­ni­val Park in Toorak, Suva.

He said $88,424 was raised at the clos­ing of the solevu for the Methodist Church Ed­u­ca­tion project by the grad­u­ates/alumni of the Methodist Ter­tiary In­sti­tutes - Davuilevu The­o­log­i­cal Col­lege, Dea­coness Train­ing, Methodist Lay Train­ing Cen­tre and Navuso Agri­cul­tural Train­ing In­sti­tute. He said around $312,000 would be for the Pres­i­dent’s Trust Fund and kept sep­a­rate from the church op­er­at­ing ac­count - the schools would be able to ac­cess th­ese funds for de­vel­op­ment projects (the money goes back to the schools). He said by 1pm yesterday, around $119,664 had been col­lected as con­tri­bu­tions from choirs, which would cover the cost of the Festival of Praise (scaf­fold­ing, sound, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, print­ing, re­fresh­ments, ground de­vel­op­ment (util­i­ties) etc. The Festival of Praise ended on a high note yesterday at Fur­ni­val Park in Toorak, Suva, with over 30 choirs tak­ing part. The Festival of Praise was part of the Methodist Church’s an­nual con­fer­ence where over 300 choirs took part over the week.

Rev­erend Bhag­wan said $224,340 was given by trhe Methodist old Schol­ars on Satur­day, Au­gust 13 at the open­ing of the Solevu at Fur­ni­val Park in Toorak, Suva.

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

From left: Rev­erend Lisala Tuiv­uya, Saini­valati Ratu, Rev­erend Ili Vu­nisuwai, Ki­tione Nakalevu, Methodist Church of Fiji gen­eral sec­re­tary, Rev­erend Dr Epineri Vakade­wavosa and Rev­erend Su­nia Kob­ulu.

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