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The con­tes­tants of the Voda­fone Ba River­side Car­ni­val have been urged to ac­cept changes to over­come chal­lenges.

The act­ing of­fi­cer-in-charge of the Ba Polic­ing District (OCPD) In­spec­tor Samisoni Bai has en­cour­aged the girls on the theme “Cli­mate

Change is real, change now to bat­tle the un­known”.

“This is the one fes­ti­val that is ea­gerly awaited by the peo­ple of Ba ir­re­spec­tive of the age,” he said. “This year’s car­ni­val theme cho­sen by the com­mit­tee is quite bold and clear. The theme speaks vol­umes.” In­spec­tor Bai said one of the Govern­ment’s ini­tia­tives in mit­i­gat­ing cli­mate change was the con­cept of us­ing the five Rs.

“We want to pro­mote the five R con­cepts: Re­think, Refuse, Re­duce, Re­use and Re­cy­cle. Us­ing these five Rs con­cept will have a greater ef­fect within the com­mu­nity and the na­tion as a whole,” he said. Car­ni­val pres­i­dent Arvin Singh said this year’s theme gave op­por­tu­ni­ties for the con­tes­tants to cre­ate aware­ness on is­sues that needed to be high­lighted within the com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Singh said the car­ni­val had two ma­jor ob­jec­tives, one of which was to raise funds to beau­tify the town and the other was to build an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard swim­ming pool fa­cil­ity.

The com­mit­tee in­tends to start this project by the end of the year. He ac­knowl­edged the ma­jor spon­sor Voda­fone Fiji Lim­ited and other spon­sors, which in­cluded civil ser­vants, Dayal Steels Lim­ited, V.R Builders Nadi, Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion Ba and Ba Town Coun­cil. The car­ni­val ends next Mon­day (Septem­ber 9) with the crowning of the River­side Queen.

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