All-night ef­fort drives LTA win

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Overnight prepa­ra­tion paid off when Miss Land Trans­port Author­ity (LTA) won the Best Float Award dur­ing the Voda­fone Fes­ti­val of the Friendly North in Labasa yes­ter­day. LTA con­tes­tant 20-year-old Joan Robin­son said she was sur­prised and grate­ful for the win. “The LTA em­ploy­ees af­ter fin­ish­ing from work on Fri­day spent the whole night pre­par­ing my float,” Ms Robin­son said. “They made sure that the peo­ple along the Labasa street were able to cap­ture the theme of the fes­ti­val which is green­ing the north and at the same time make them un­der­stand what LTA is about. “I want to thank all the LTA Labasa staff for their tremen­dous sup­port.”

The 20-year-old nurs­ing stu­dent walked away with $500 prize money and a shield. The first run­ner-up was Miss Hira Lal and Sons, Unaisi Naiko­duva.

Her float cap­tured the at­ten­tion of hun­dreds of peo­ple as it was set on her spon­sor’s main sell­ing prod­uct; a gi­ant shoe. She was awarded $300 and a shield for her and her col­leagues. The sec­ond run­ner-up was Miss Civil Ser­vice Elenoa Mata­tolu and she was given $200 and a shield. Her float was dec­o­rated with pot plants and ban­ners hav­ing in­for­ma­tion about ed­u­ca­tion that she had been ad­vo­cat­ing through­out the fes­ti­val. The chief guest Com­mis­sioner North­ern Jovesa Vo­cea thanked the crowd gath­ered at Subrail Park for sup­port­ing the queen and king con­tes­tants. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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