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2016 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival launched

The 2016 Vodafone Hibiscus festival was officially launched in Suva last night along with various contestants from the Queens, Kings and Teens category. Chairman of the Vodafone Hibiscus Events Group Hirdesh Prasad said over the years, the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus festival has been used to advocate for many passionate causes in the society. This year the […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 11, 2016 9:33 am

The 2016 Vodafone Hibiscus festival was officially launched in Suva last night along with various contestants from the Queens, Kings and Teens category.

The Queen contestants during the launch last night. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
The Queen contestants during the launch last night. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Chairman of the Vodafone Hibiscus Events Group Hirdesh Prasad said over the years, the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus festival has been used to advocate for many passionate causes in the society.

This year the festival will be advocating on the importance of road safety with the theme “Road Safety- Is Everyone’s Responsibility”.

PRASAD: “Statistics shows that 1.25 million people die from road accident around the world each year. Recently there has been an increase of fertility on our roads and an increase of car accidents and this is why this year’s Hibiscus we will be advocating on road safety.”

Prasad said part of their 60th celebration was to involve past reigning queens of Hibiscus.

PRASAD: “Yester-years Hibiscus queens will be a highlight at this year’s 60th anniversary of the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival. Invitation has been sent out to all past reigning queens to be part of this year.”

A total of twelve Queen, King, Teen, and ten Prince and Princess contestants will be competing in the festival.

Launching the event was the Minister for Local Government and Transport Hon. Praveen Bala who wished the contestants all the best and also announced that a certain percentage of the charity proceeds that are collected from the festival will be diverted to the Prime Minister’s relief trust account.

The Minister for Local Government and Transport Hon. Parveen Bala speaking at the launch last night. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
The Minister for Local Government and Transport Hon. Parveen Bala speaking at the launch last night. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

BALA: “It is with interest to note that a certain percentage of charity proceeds collected from the festival shall be diverted to the Honourable Prime Minister’s Relief Trust account. This is indeed highly welcoming. It adds value to the festival and shows that the carnival itself is geared towards nation building”

The festival will be held at the Vodafone Arena from August 12th to the 2oth.

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