The Fiji Times

Festival raises $0.9m

- By VILIMAINA NAQELEVUKI

THE Vanuabalav­u Day festival which took place from Thursday to Saturday has paved the way for younger generation­s to learn the traditiona­l way of acknowledg­ing relationsh­ips.

CEO of Vanuabalav­u Vision Ltd, Tomi Finau, said it took over two years to plan this year’s festival.

“It’s just a good way to meet again after two years and raise funds to develop Vanuabalav­u as individual­s, as a group and as a community,” he said.

Mr Finau said over the past three days, the festival had managed to raise a combined total of $913,513.

“Out of the total amount, the sum of $431,392.13 is committed to the purchase of 359,493 shares in the island company, and the balance of $482,121.19 will be used for other developmen­t projects.”

He acknowledg­ed the organising committee for ensuring that the festival ended on a high note.

“I’d like to thank the festival’s organising committee for all their hard work over the past two years leading up to the day of the festival.”

 ?? Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU ?? Women of Aveya perform a meke during the Vanuabalav­u Day festival at the ANZ Stadium car park in Suva last Saturday.
Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU Women of Aveya perform a meke during the Vanuabalav­u Day festival at the ANZ Stadium car park in Suva last Saturday.
 ?? Picture: JONA KONATACI ?? Bottom left: Women of Boitaci Village at the Vanuabalav­u Day celebratio­ns at the ANZ Stadium car park yesterday.
Picture: JONA KONATACI Bottom left: Women of Boitaci Village at the Vanuabalav­u Day celebratio­ns at the ANZ Stadium car park yesterday.
 ?? Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU ?? Left: Elenoa Diloi leads women in a tuiboto during the Vanuabalav­u Day celebratio­ns at the ANZ Stadium car park in Suva on Saturday.
Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU Left: Elenoa Diloi leads women in a tuiboto during the Vanuabalav­u Day celebratio­ns at the ANZ Stadium car park in Suva on Saturday.
 ?? Picture: JONA KONATACI ?? Former prime minister Laisenia Qarase (left) and Tomi Finau during the Vanuabalav­u Day celebratio­ns at the ANZ Stadium car park on Saturday.
Picture: JONA KONATACI Former prime minister Laisenia Qarase (left) and Tomi Finau during the Vanuabalav­u Day celebratio­ns at the ANZ Stadium car park on Saturday.
 ?? Picture: JONA KONATACI ?? Saimone Vuatalevu leads men and women of Mavana Village during the Vanuabalav­u Day celebratio­ns at the ANZ Stadium car park on Saturday.
Picture: JONA KONATACI Saimone Vuatalevu leads men and women of Mavana Village during the Vanuabalav­u Day celebratio­ns at the ANZ Stadium car park on Saturday.
 ?? Picture: JONA KONATACI ?? Men and women of Cikobia on their way to give their soli during the Vanuabalav­u Day celebratio­ns at the ANZ Stadium car park on Saturday.
Picture: JONA KONATACI Men and women of Cikobia on their way to give their soli during the Vanuabalav­u Day celebratio­ns at the ANZ Stadium car park on Saturday.

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