MI­CRO MAR­KET

Valelevu Com­mu­nity Youth Club take part in event

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The Valelevu Com­mu­nity Youth Club took up the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the mi­cro mar­ket day with a mes­sage to love one an­other as a fam­ily.

The youth group was one of the six youth groups that was ap­proached by the Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion to be part of the Fiji Sports Coun­cil mi­cro mar­ket.

Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion

Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion Sports Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Saula Koroi said they ap­proached six youth groups who are ac­tive mem­bers of the com­mis­sion.

“Most of these youths are un­em­ployed and with this COVID-19 pan­demic we wanted to help them.

“We in­vited six youth groups who gladly ac­cepted our in­vi­ta­tion to be part of this event. “They were given the spa­ces for free and what­ever they earn from sell­ing at this event goes back to their youth club.

“From this event we will also draw feed­back and if it all goes to plan we will reach out to an­other six youth clubs to be part of the next Fiji Sports Coun­cil mi­cro mar­ket day,” he said.

Valelevu Com­mu­nity Youth Club

The youth group was formed on the ba­sis of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence within the com­mu­nity with love and com­mu­nity work.

Pres­i­dent Nav­i­ta­lai Kere­vanua Ju­nior said when the com­mis­sion ap­proached them, the youths started plan­ning and brain­storm­ing on what to sell.

With more than 40 mem­bers in the group, the youths then de­cided to pitch in and make lovo packs for $15.

“Most of the youths in this club are un­em­ployed but we man­aged to get ev­ery­thing for the lovo packs from our own pock­ets,” he said. Mr Kere­vanua said the youth club mostly car­ried out a lot of clean-up cam­paigns around the Valelevu com­mu­nity ev­ery Satur­day and also vis­ited the homes of the el­derly.

“We do this be­cause what we are fac­ing with COVID-19 most of our fam­i­lies and friends have be­come un­em­ployed.

“What we also do is clean up their homes by cut­ting the grass, rak­ing the com­pound and the mes­sage here is to love each other,” he said.

Pas­tries

Aside from sell­ing lovo packs, Valelevu Com­mu­nity Youth Club also sold pas­tries such as pies.

Three trays were sold even be­fore mak­ing its way to the mi­cro mar­ket day.

“The money we raise from the mar­ket day, we hope to utilise it in help­ing the wid­ows in the com­mu­nity that we live in.

“This is the first mar­ket event that we been part of and we are re­ally en­joy­ing it.

“We look for­ward to next week’s mar­ket day and any lessons learnt from this first mar­ket event, we will look into it and im­prove on it,” he said.

The next mi­cro mar­ket is on Satur­day June 27, 2020.

Photo: Laiseana Nasiga

Valelevu Com­mu­nity Youth Club at their stall dur­ing the Fiji Sports Coun­cil mi­cro mar­ket on June 20, 2020.

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