$5K for two NGOs

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Two Non-Gov­ern­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) had re­ceived $5000 cheque each from the Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion at Subrail Park in Labasa on Satur­day night. They were Labasa Li­ons Club and Ro­tary Club of Labasa.

Voda­fone Fiji chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Ra­j­nesh Prasad said through the Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion ini­tia­tives of world of dif­fer­ence pro­grammes and other mo­bile for good chan­nels, they con­tin­ued to di­rectly en­gage, ed­u­cate and em­power com­mu­ni­ties across Fiji. “We are proud of our con­tri­bu­tion back to so­ci­ety in em­pow­er­ing our cit­i­zens and giv­ing them a plat­form such as the fes­ti­val of the friendly north to ex­cel in life and make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion back to their com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Prasad said. Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive Am­ba­lika Devi said the Labasa Li­ons Club had been re­ceiv­ing funds from the Foun­da­tion since 2006 to sup­port their First Sight pro­gramme and NonCom­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases (NCDs) screen­ing. “While Ro­tary Club of Labasa has been re­ceiv­ing funds of sim­i­lar amount since 2009 to as­sist their com­mu­nity pro­grammes,” Ms Devi said. Mean­while, Mr Prasad said the fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to gain pop­u­lar­ity each year since they be­gan spon­sor­ing it eight years ago.

“The fes­ti­val has been a ben­e­fi­cial ini­tia­tive with a fun­da­men­tal cause to ed­u­cate, im­prove and em­power the many in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Prasad said.

“This year the fes­ti­val pro­moted the theme, green­ing the north through the am­bi­ence of the fes­ti­val and in­cor­po­rat­ing the mes­sage con­veyed by the tal­ented king and queen con­tes­tants.” Edited by Maraia Vula

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