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VODA­FONE LOST IS­LAND UL­TRA MARATHON

The first lo­cally or­ga­nized Ul­tra Marathon has been la­belled by the Min­is­ter for Tourism and Trade Faiyaz Koya as one of the big­gest mar­ket­ing plat­forms for the tourism in­dus­try. “There­fore, host­ing such an event will get Fiji to in­tro­duce its other tourist des­ti­na­tion within the eco tourism sec­tor; some­thing that peo­ple hardly get to see,” Mr Koya said. He said peo­ple only as­so­ci­ated Fiji with the lim­ited scenes of the trop­ics with its beau­ti­ful sun­sets, surf and white sandy beaches. Mr. Koya said we hardly get to in­tro­duce the seren­ity of our nat­u­ral habi­tat, the mag­i­cal role it plays in our eco sys­tem and in­di­vid­ual lives, the farm­ing the com­mu­nity and the high­land way of life. Voda­fone Head of Ecom­merce and Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Shailen­dra Prasad said Voda­fone Fiji’s as­so­ci­a­tion with sports has come a long way. “One of our main ini­tia­tive in sports is to play a ma­jor role in de­vel­op­ing our sports­man and women and con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety, in every as­pect of life,” Mr Prasad said. “Tak­ing on the role as the main spon­sor for the Voda­fone Lost Is­land Ul­tra Marathon has been a bless­ing, to de­liver our as­sis­tance to the peo­ple who will ben­e­fit from the event,” he said.

RE­CLAIM THE NIGHT

Women, men and chil­dren marched through Suva during the an­nual Re­claim the Night event to ad­vo­cate for their safety and se­cu­rity. Mem­bers of lo­cal NGOS, hu­man rights groups, churches and LGBTI or­ga­ni­za­tions took part in the march call­ing for le­gal re­forms against is­sues of rape and sex­ual abuse. Mem­bers of the Catholic Church in Fiji came in full force led by Arch­bishop Peter Loy Chong. In ad­dress­ing the crowd, Arch­bishop Loy Chong called on men to love their fam­i­lies and wives. “For years women and chil­dren have been call­ing for their safety that is smoth­ered by the high num­bers of per­pe­tra­tors of sex­ual vi­o­lence brought to the court al­most ev­ery­day,” he said. He said it was time the coun­try con­sid­ered a change in its ap­proach to­wards its re­forms against crime.

A Voda­fone Lost Is­land Ul­tra Marathon event, Suva.

Men, women and chil­dren re­claim the night

United to make the night safe for women and girls.

Marchers at the end of Cum­ming Street, Suva

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