Amelia wins char­ity crown

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Miss Green­gold Amelia Ya­calevu proved that she was con­fi­dent to win Miss Seaqaqa Car­ni­val char­ity crown when she read out her pre­pared thank you speech. The crowd gath­ered at Seaqaqa Pri­mary School out­side Labasa on Satur­day night and heard the 14-year-old lass at­tribute her win to her fam­ily, spon­sors, school teach­ers and man­age­ment. The Year Eight stu­dent of Narailagi Vil­lage in Seaqaqa, Macu­ata Prov­ince raised $14,100. “The five days of car­ni­val had been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence and I would like to thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported me,” Amelia said. “Green­gold means the pine trees and this name was given to me by a col­lec­tive group of spon­sors such as Green Gold Com­pany, Ya­calevu In­vest­ment, Dreketi Con­trac­tors and Fiji For­est In­dus­tries.” As­pir­ing to be­come a doc­tor, Amelia said she put her faith on her spon­sors. “I wouldn’t have been wear­ing this crown if it wasn’t for my spon­sors’ kind gen­eros­ity,” the el­dest of five sib­lings said. “They had as­sured me that I would win the crown and there­fore, ac­cord­ingly I pre­pared my speech. “I wasn’t much fo­cused on my at­tire, be­cause I didn’t want to cause trou­ble to my spon­sors. “My aim was to al­ways tell the crowd that I would surely con­trib­ute to the pur­pose of this car­ni­val and it was to raise funds for the con­struc­tion of a pre-school for my school,” she said. The First Run­ner-up, Miss Natua Kin­isimere Ko­tomacawarua raised $9381 and the sec­ond run­ner-up, Miss BDC Kel­era Wasaliwa raised $9000. The chief guest at the crown­ing night, Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts Ma­hen­dra Reddy con­grat­u­lated the five queen con­tes­tants and thanked them for tak­ing a bold step to help the school or­gan­ise to raise funds for their preschool. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Photo: Shratika Naidu

From left: Sec­ond Run­ner-Up, Miss BDC Kel­era Wasaliwa, Miss Seaqaqa Car­ni­val char­ity queen, Amelia Ya­calevu and first run­ner-up Miss Natua Kin­isimere Ko­tomacawaru at Seaqaqa Pri­mary School out­side Labasa.

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