Adi Nadroga fete tar­gets $300k

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The fes­ti­val com­mit­tee aims to raise $300,000 at the Adi Nadroga/Navosa Fes­ti­val, which was held at the Nasi­ga­toka Vil­lage.

The two-day fete, which closes to­day, is mainly for the pro­vin­cial rates and the chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion scheme. Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Ru­si­ate Rai­dav­eta said $175,000 would be al­lo­cated for the ed­u­ca­tion scheme and other projects while $132,600 was al­ready set for their an­nual pro­vin­cial rates.

“This is to help stu­dents in the province who do not meet are not able to get schol­ar­ship be­cause of less marks so they are en­cour­aged in terms of bridg­ing pro­grammes to help them se­cure or fin­ish their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion,” Mr Rai­dav­eta said. The an­nual event saw thou­sands con­verg­ing at Nasi­ga­toka vil­lage in Nadroga/Navosa province yes­ter­day.

“This fes­ti­val brings us to­gether and is an event where we raise money to em­power chil­dren to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion to ter­tiary level,” Mr Rai­dav­eta said. “Some of our chil­dren who do not qual­ify for the ter­tiary loan scheme so we have to bridge them to qual­ify for ter­tiary level and part of it will go to Early Child­hood ed­u­ca­tion schools which are es­tab­lished in vil­lages,” said Rai­dav­eta. The Adi Nadroga fes­ti­val has 22 districts; this in­cludes Cuvu, Conua, Malolo, Na­mataku, Naqal­i­mare, Nasi­ga­toka, Noikoro, Tuva, Wai, Vat­ulele, Malo­malo, Be­m­ana, Ko­mave, Koroinasau, Korolevu-iwai, Mavua, Nadrau, Nasikawa, Na­va­tusila, Nokonoko, Ravi­ravi and Waicoba.

The province opened its fes­ti­val with a col­lec­tion of $61,000 from the youth of Nadroga/Navosa. The Adi Nadroga or­gan­is­ers man­aged to col­lect $191,000 on Fri­day.

“For the 22 Nadroga/Navosa districts are di­vided into two cat­e­gory this in­cludes 11 for big­ger districts and they have been levied do­nate $10,000 and $5,000 11 for the smaller districts,” Mr Rai­dav­eta said. The Adi Nadroga/Navosa fes­ti­val started with a march from Si­ga­toka Town to Nasi­ga­toka Vil­lage on Fri­day. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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