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2017 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY - BIGGER AND BETTER

GENERAL NOTICE

BIBLE VERSE:

James 2:14-17

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the  body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

​2017 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL

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2017 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY MULTI "CULTURAL FESTIVAL" 

PASIFIKA NIGHT SUCCESS - FCAV THANKS EVERYONE

THANK YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL PASIFIKA NIGHT FUNDRAISER!

On behalf of the Pasifika Night events committee, I would like to thank each and every one of you that attended our Pasifika Night fundraiser. A lot of hard work went into making this fundraiser go off smoothly and I would like to thank everyone that made it happen.

We are proud to announce that we raised a Profit of $6,220 at the Pasifika Night fundraiser.

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2017 PASIFIKA " NIGHT"

 

FIJI AFL PLAYERS IN MELBOURNE FOR THE IC17

 

The Fijian National AFL Men and Women's Team are in Melbourne to compete in the AFL International Championship 2017. A total of 67 players including Management are camping at the YWAM Base, 1 Kent Road, Surrey Hills. The Fijian Community Association is working closely with the YWAM and Team management to ensure that the Team is well looked after and provided support where it is needed. Executive members of the Association were invited to present Team Jerseys last Friday evening (04/08/17) while the President and Chairman of the FCAV Culture, Languange, Education and Religiion Mr Eroni Lewaqai were there on the first night (Wednesday 02/08/17) to accept the Team's "Sevusevu". Last Wednesday (09/08/17), a delegation from the Fijian Community were again at the Team Camp to present gifts of Food items, Clothes and Shoes to the team management to be shared by the Team.

The FCAV is now collecting cash donations to further assist the team in their transport costs around Melbourne. Please donate generously as the young players representing our Fiji need every support from everyone to ensure that they enjoy their stay and perform to the vest of their abilities. For enquiries on donations or any sort of support towards the team, please contact FCAV Secretary, Mrs Katarina Driu on 0449174058.

 

Photo: Group Team photo of both Fiji AFL Men and Women's Team

 

2017 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL - BIGGER AND BETTER

 

FCAV ACCEPTS DONATIONS FROM FIJI (AM) 

The Fijian Community Association Victoria wishes to thank Mr Ilisoni Kinivuwai and the Fiji Australia Melbourne Organisation for their recent generous gift of boxes of clothes, shoes and other household items. Their willingness to help our  members of the Fijian Community makes all the difference for children, men and women and other Fijian not-for-profit Organisation that work together to help those in need in our community.

The Fiji (AM) donations will help those who are out there looking for warm clothes, blankets, socks and shoes as we are well into the cold season now here in Melbourne, Victoria. The children's clothes and other items for kids are in great condition which will benefit them tremendously and also other items including adult clothes. 

Again, thank you Fiji (AM) for all you do to help those who are in need. You are a part of their lives too.

FCAV depend on volunteers to help us. Secretary, Mrs Katarina Driu, is always available to set up a visit for any other individual donors or Organisation that wishes to donate or to answer any questions you may have. Don't hesitate to call her on 0420848896, or email her at kvdriu@yahoo.com

OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR OUR FLYING FIJIANS TEAM 

Our Flying Fijians Rugby Team were given some good memories to remember as they were greeted to a full
capacity at the Dinner with the Fijian Community and friends held at the Aborigines Advancement League, Thornbury organised by the Melbourne Fiji Rugby Club. The players led by their Manager, Mr Baleinabuli were greeted by members of the Fijian Community and friends here in Melbourne who attended in full support in a very well organised  event put together by the Melbourne Fiji Rugby Club.

In attendace were members of the Flying Fijians Rugby Team and Team Management, His Excellency the Fijian High Commissioner Mr Yogesh Punja and family, Lynnette Austin and family representing the Aboriginal Community, injured Harlequins Rugby Club player, Maciu Vosa and his family, former NZ All Blacks winger Joeli Vidiri and former Fijian rugby players, Current Wallabies Rugby players Henry Speight, Sefanaia Naivalu, Tevita Kuridrani and Marika Koroibete, Melbourne Storm winger, Suliasi Vunivalu, and Fijian Families and friends from Melbourne, country Victoria and across Australia who came to watch the Flying Fijians take on the Australian Wallabies on the day.

It was a great time for everyone catching up with friends and families and mingling with the boys in our Fijian Team sharing great food, fun and lovely Fijian Music provided by solo musician Percy and supported by Martin and the boys, the night's DJ. Others that need mention are the Photographer Kumar's Media, Mr Ravi Narayan for drumming up the promotion and invitation, Kaidia Restaurant and those who donated food, the beautiful cake prepared by John Quai Hoi, Lupe Wolfgram and other individual donors that we have failed to mention. Members of the YWAM and Fijian Community Association Victoria also provided some lively Mekes (Fijian Dance) to cheer the night up and keep everyone entertained.

Special mention goes to Mrs Irma Singh who made the highest bid of $1,500:00 to claim the signed Fiji Rugby Jersey, a fundraiser run on the night where the proceeds will go to the Maciu Vosa Foundation.

The President of the Melbourne Fiji Rugby Club, Mr Orisi Qaranivalu, was very impressed with the overwhelming support and on behalf of his hard working Committee thanked everyone that attended the Dinner for their time and money spent that will support the Club run activities for it's members. He put down the smooth running of the event to unity and support work of other stakeholders and volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scene to put together a night to remember for the Flying Fijians and the general Fijian Community and supporters. 

Once again, thank you Melbourne Fiji Rugby Club and everyone for the great team effort. FCAV looks forward to working together with you in the future. We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.

 


Photo (L-R): Joeli Vidiri (Former NZ All Black winger), Maciu Vosa (Injured Harlequins Rugby Club player) and Albert Vulivuli (Current Flying Fijian Center)

OUR FIJIAN NATIONAL RUGBY HEROES ARE HERE IN MELBOURNE

The Fijian National Rugby Team known as the "Flying Fijians" are here in Melbourne preparing to take on the Australian Wallabies at AAMI Park on Saturday at 3:00pm. Members of the Fijian Community have been turning up in numbers to watch the boys at training and all are excited to watch the game and see how our boys will match up against the star studded Australian Team laced with big names and five of our own Fijian boys including the two Melbourne Rebels Super wingers, Marika Koroibete and Sefanaia Naivalu.

The Fijian Community Association in the State if Victoria is calling on everyone to come and support our boys in both teams belt it out in what is expected to be a highly entertaining game full of running rugby. The other Fijian player in the Melbourne Rebels Team, Ben Volavola, will be dictating play from his favourite flyhalf position for the flying Fijians.

All are asked to be at AAMI Park before the start of the game and wear our Fijian colors of BLACK AND WHITE,

GO TEAM FIJI.

OPEN INVITATION - FCAV MEETING

The FCAV Special General Meeting will be held this Saturday, 27/05/2017, at 6:00 pm. You are all welcomed to attend this meeting to discuss the way forward of the Fijian Community Association Victoria. The meeting will be held at the Melbourne Fijian Unitng Church Hall, 9 Burton Street, Chadstone.

Refreshments will be provided after the meeting.

BILL ROSS PLEADS FOR HELP TO FIGHT HIS CANCER

Viliame Vakacegu Ross (Bill Ross) is a member of the Fijian Community Association Victoria. Help Bill by donating on the link given below. Show him that we are a caring Community. 



“I am trying so hard to stay strong... I am trying to remain positive for our children and grandchildren. Sometimes, Mama I wana just give up because my body feels so fatigued. This cancer has taken away so much from me. I hope that oneday there is a cure and I wouldn't have to go through all this pain nor others like me” These are the words of a man just 44years of age to his wife over a video call conversation to Fiji. 

We, Uncle Viliame's friends and family in Australia are appealing for help from all the good people out there who knows this man and his family and from those who are being touched by his heart wrenching story to raise funds for this beautiful, kind hearted Father / Grandfather / Husband and Brother, Villiame Vakacegu Ross as he fights for his life against cancer. Metastases Cystic Adenoid Caranoma, many will know it as Lung Cancer. 

More on his story, click on the link below:

DONATE HERE "TO HELP BILL ROSS" 

SUPPORT THE MELBOURNE FIJI RUGBY CLUB FUNDRAISER

The Melbourne Fiji Rugby Club will be organising a fundraising dinner on Saturday the 10th of June at 7 pm. The dinner will be attended by members of the Flying Fijians Rugby Team who will be playing the Australian Wallabies at AAMI Park at 3 pm on the same day.

The Melbourne Fiji Rugby Club together with the Fiji Victoria Golf Club and other sports Organisation are going to team up with the Fijian Community Association Victoria to organise a bigger and better 2017 Fiji Day celebration. Money raised in this fundraising will help the Melbourne Fiji Rugby Club prepare for the 2017 Fiji Day Sevens Rugby competition.

Tickets can be purchased by paying directly to the Melbourne Fijian Rugby Club Inc account:

Account Number: 375963

BSB:  033073

Reference: Ticket and Surname

 

 

PASIFIKA NIGHT - Saturday JULY 29

Please support our upcoming fundraiser-Save the date and invite families and friends :

MORE DETAILS WILL BE ADVERTISED SOON!

FCAV meet with Rebels Officials and Players

 

The FCAV President was invited to a tea party today (Thursday 16/03/2017) at 4:00 pm to celebrate the huge contribution Fijian players make to the Melbourne Rebels and at the same time network with them and other Fijian Community Organisations as we all try to bridge our relationships and work together to help address common visions regarding our Youths in Victoria.
Also present at the meeting were representatives from YWAM and Melbourne Fiji Rugby.

During the afternoon, discussions centered around how better the Fijian Community can engage with the Melbourne Rebels and their Community Rugby.

Thank you Demelza, Steve and Baden from the Melbourne Rebels for hosting the tea party and tour and also to the Rebels boys for being so nice meeting with the team from the Fijian Community during your closed door training session.

 

 

Photo: Melbourne Rebels Super stars, Fijian bullets Marika Koroibete and Sefanaia Naivalu with Solo and Inoke Buadromo (Melbourne Fiji Rugby) and Vonivate Driu(Fijian Community Association Victoria)

 

INVITATION - "Talanoa" Session with Fiji High Commissioner

 

 

 

2017 MOOMBA PARADE

Great Pacific Family working together......it's the way forward especially for the Fijian Community in Victoria. We were proud to be part of the Pacific Group that participated in the Moomba Festival Parade today Monday 13/03/2017. We look forward to working together with this Pasifika Group in future events.

A big Vinaka Vakalevu to all parents that supported us- The Elder Family, Freda Pace, Galu Family, Reddy Family, Lole Family, Ackers Family and Driu family. The girls participation in this parade would not have been possible without your support.

Vinaka Vakalevu

1966 WINNING "MASI" DESIGN RETURNED

The Masi (Tapa Cloth) that won the Ladies Masi design competition in March/April 1966 in a Competition at the village of Nacamaki, Koro, was today presented to the Fijian Community Association of Victoria by the owners Mr and Mrs Chris and Janet Smyth of Mornington, Victoria. There to accept the gift was Koro native and former Lomaiviti representative in Parliament, Mr Simione Kaitani representing the Vanua of Koro and also as the representative of the Fijian Community Association of Victoria as a member of the FCAV Executive Committee himself. Also present at the presentation was the President of the Fijian Community Association Victoria, Mr Vonita Driu.

More on this story go to:

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 1966 WINNING "MASI" 

 

MELBOURNE FIJI RUGBY CLUB FUNDRAISER - SATURDAY 11TH MARCH

SUPPORT THE MELBOURNE FIJI RUGBY CLUB FUNDRAISER

FIJIAN NIGHT:

The Melbourne Fijian Rugby Club is now one of our confirmed collaborative partner to help us address Youth issues and support Youth Development in Sports in Victoria. The Fijian Community Association of Victoria is happy to work together with Organisations that share with us common visions and support MFRC in their fundraiser that will be held on Saturday the 11th of March, 2017 (Labor Day long weekend) to help us organize an enjoyable Fiji Day Festival to be held in October.

Details of the fundraiser are as given:

WHEN: Saturday 11th of March, 2017
WHERE: Melbourne Airport Golf Club
TIME: 8:00 PM - LATE
ENTERTAINMENT - LIVE BAND (MY TRIBE)
DRESS: BULA

FEATURE EVENT: 

Watch a mock Fijian Welcome Ceremony performed by the boys who are learning Fijian Cultural presentation in Ceremonies. 

Come support the boys and girls of Melbourne Fiji Rugby. Enjoy
- Drinks at discounted prices.
- Bar Meals @ $10 only.
- Networking with the wider Fijian community members

Transport readily available on the Night.

 

MOOMBA FESTIVAL

 

Moomba’s back in full swing this Labour Day long weekend (10TH - 13TH MARCH, 2017) 

 

Come and support the girls as they participate in the Moomba Festival parade in Melbourne CBD on Monday 13th of March.

The parade is scheduled at 10:00am and will begin from the Shrine of Remembrance and ending at Linlithgow Avenue.

 

Join the crowd for the opening night of Moomba! The festival comes alive with fireworks, watersports, rides, games and a bevy of great food. For one night only, we’re also offering a Friday Ride Pass where you can enjoy unlimited carnival rides from 6 to 9pm.

 

 

 

MEET YOUR NEWLY ELECTED 2017 FCAV COMMITTEE

 

The Fijian Community Association Victoria has elected it's new Committee Members to guide the Association through 2017 in it's Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday the 25th of January 2017 at the Melbourne Fijian Uniting Church Hall, 9 Burton Street, Chadstone. Last Year's Vice President, Mr Vonivate Driu, was elected as the new President taking the leadership role from Mr Eroni Lewaqai who was the interim President leading up to the election. Mr Yisrael Avraham was elected as the Vice-President and Sylvia Chand elected as the new Treasurer taking over from Mr Max Knight.

 

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 2017/2018 COMMITTEE "MEMBERS" 

 

A PROUD MOMENT FOR OUR FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

We are so proud to share with you the success story of the Raicebe Family from Caroline Springs, Victoria who have been accorded higher educational and great work recognition by their daughter, Dr Eta Raicebe. We applaud and praise you for your achievement and will certainly look to you for your advice and expertise on your experience investing on your daughter's education to become who she is today.

Proverbs 1:7 - The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Both Mr and Mrs Raicebe are committee members of the FCAV and have been vocal supporters to our mission to be the virtual center of providing community support services that will enhance and empower the quality of life of all Fijian Australians living in Victoria through spiritual and holistic development, language and culture,education, social cohesion, sports, healthy living and income stability.

 

Vinaka Vakalevu Ratu Ifereimi Raicebe, Talatala Tepola Raicebe na veiqaravi.

 

God Bless us All.

 

 

Full story is on: http://www.leadingsteps.com.au/team/#the-team-1-1-1

DR Eta RAICEBE - MBChB DCH MPH FRACP

 

2016 FIJI DAY GOLF CUP REPORT - MELBOURNE VICTORIA

 

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 2016 FIJI DAY GOLF CUP "REPORT" 

 

2016 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY CELEBRATION PROGRAM

FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL PROGRAM

If you are in Melbourne and you want to know where to be in the week beginning the 08th of October 2016 leading up to the Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival on the 15th of October, 2016 and ending with the 2016 Fiji Day Thanksgiving Service on the 16th of October 2016, below is the program for the week which you can follow and know where to be on the Week long 2016 Fiji Day celebration.

 

FRIDAY:  14/10/2016

FIJI DAY GOLF CUP AND 2016 FIJI DAY LAUNCHING

VENUE: Melbourne Airport Golf Club

ADDRESS: Operations Road, Melbourne Airport

REPORT TIME:  12:00 PM

REGISTRATION FEES:  $50:00 (Include Golf and Launching)

2016 FIJI DAY LAUNCHING (After the Golf)

TIME: 6:30 PM TILL LATE.

ENTERTAINMENT: Live Band, DJ, Fijian Mekes and Bollywood Dancers

FOOD: Choice of Pork Roast, Lamb Roast and Chicken with Chips and vegetables.

ENTRY FEES: $30:00 (Launching only)

Book now to avoid disappointment.

REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FEES CAN BE PAID TO:

 

Account Name: Fijian Community Association VIC. INC.

BSB: 633000

Account Number: 155027287

 

Please Reference: NAME - GOLF

(Limited to 150 people only)

SATURDAY:  15/10/2016

2016 FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL

VENUE: Footscray Community Arts Centre

ADDRESS:  45 Moreland Street, Footscray

TIME: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

CHIEF GUEST:  Ms Tupou Draunidalo

Fiji Day marks an important celebration for all Fijians around the world as it commemorates the signing of the Deed of Cession, the document that initiated the protracted process that culminated in Fiji's Independence on the 10th of October 1970.

Fiji is a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-lingual nation. This year, the Fijian Community Association Victoria (FCAV), as part of our objective in trying to unite all Fijians living in Victoria, will be organizing the Fiji Day Festival with the theme "Multi Cultural Fiji".

This festival will be a great opportunity to showcase our under represented multi ethnic Fijian community living in Victoria at the same time promote our rich culture and heritage with the rest of the Australian Community.

A variety of Stalls selling Fijian Arts and Handicrafts, T-Shirts and variety of foods ranging from the best of Indian curry, BBQ Foods, Island style food including "Lovo" (cooked under earth oven) will be sold on the day.  

 

2016 FIJI DAY AFTER PARTY

VENUE:  TOWER HOTEL

ADDRESS:  686 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East

TIME:  8:00 PM - 2:00 AM

ENTERTAINMENT: Live Band, 2 Local DJ's and Guest DJ (Auckland's Ilaitia Damu)

ENTRY FEE:  $25:00

Open invitation to everyone that would like to join us for a party after Fiji Day celebrations....featuring 2 local DJs and a guest appearance-DJ Ilaitia Damu coming all the way from Auckland New Zealand...THE BEST ISLAND MUSIC DJ 
 

 

SUNDAY:  16/10/2016

2016 FIJI DAY THANKSGIVING SERVICE

VENUE: Trinity Uniting Church, Dandenong

ADDRESS: 32 Scott Street, Dandenong.

TIME: 3:00 PM

PREACHER DELIVERING GOD'S WORD: Rev Inia Mavai (Melbourne Fijian Uniting Church)

GUEST SPEAKER AND PERSONAL SHARING: Major General (Retired) Sitiveni Rabuka

TESTIMONIES: Former Wallaby - Mr Ilivasi Tabua

PS: There will be a Community Informal discussion with SODELPA Leader after the service with light Refreshments.

END OF 2016 FIJI DAY WEEK LONG PROGRAM.

 

Ms TUPOU DRAUNIDALO will be GUEST OF HONOUR @ FIJI DAY CELEBRATIONS Sat  15 October 2016
FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE

Former Fiji MP TUPOU DRAUNIDALO to address Fiji Day Celebration

The Fijian Community Association of Victoria is delighted to announce that prominent Fiji Lawyer and former MP, Ms TUPOU DRAUNIDALO, will be THE CHIEF GUEST at the FIJI DAY CELEBRATION, SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2016 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre Melbourne.
Ms  DRAUNIDALO will be accorded the full traditional formal Fijian Ceremony of Welcome or Vaiqaravi Vaka Turaga after which she will deliver an address in Fijian and English. Keep checking the web site for more details of the program.

MELBOURNE IS CELEBRATING 2016 FIJI DAY IN STYLE

2016 is a memorable year for Fijians around the world, with our flying Fijian Sevens Team winning the 7's world series and our first ever GOLD medal at the Rio Olympics, there is no better occasion to celebrate with Pride, than our upcoming Fiji Day celebrations.

Friends and families, come along and celebrate 2016 Fiji Day with us in style on Saturday 15th October, as we listen to one of our very own, “DJ Blaze One”, a proud Fijian DJ who will be playing non-stop back to back mixes from the islands including some latest Fijian hits that will make our Fiji Day celebration more reminiscing and memorable.

WHEN:  Saturday 15th October, 2016.

VENUE:  Footscray Community Arts Centre (same venue 2015 Fiji Day)

ADDRESS: 45 Moreland Street, Footscray

The Fiji Day Events committee is working hard behind the scenes to ensure that this year's Fiji Day Multicultural Festival is BIGGER and BETTER than last year.

2016 FIJI DAY STALLS

If you attended the Fiji Day Multicultural festival last year, you would have noticed that food stall holders in particular started packing around 3 pm and most importantly, they made a profit too.

To date, 6 stalls have been taken already...if you are thinking of having a stall, don't delay and contact us ASAP on 0449174058.

A kindly reminder to the confirmed stall holders, please forward us your permits once you have received it from the council.

Vinaka vakalevu

Fiji Day Events Committee

26/08/2016

ENTERTAINMENT:

Friends and families, come along and celebrate 2016 Fiji Day with us in style on Saturday 15th October, as we listen to one of our very own, “DJ Blaze One”, a proud Fijian DJ who will be playing non-stop back to back mixes from the islands including some latest Fijian hits that will make our Fiji Day celebration more reminiscing and memorable.

https://www.facebook.com/blazeonedj/

 

Dance Groups supporting the 2016 FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL include:

1. Doors Diversity Dance Crew (3DC)

2. ADM Dance Crew

3. NUHOLANI

4. Nesian Pearls

5. YWAM Dance Group

6. NAWAKA Dance Group (FIJI)

7. Samoan Victims Support Group

8. Melton Dance Crew

9. Tama Tatau

 

And many more to be confirmed.

 

For participation, please contact our events team on 0449174058.

 

 

BELOW ARE JUST SOME OF THE POSITIVE RESPONSES FROM THE SURVEY OF THE 2015 FIJI DAY AND ATTACHED IS THE ACTUAL RESULT ANALYSES.

 

Q1. WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE EVENT?

10/15/2015 9:48 AM View respondent's answers
My personal first impression from my late arrival at the Fiji Day Event; 1- Greeted with the lively, smiling & friendly atmosphere presented by the majority crowd compared to the minority who responded with a questioning body language and gazing eye contact which is a norm to negatively minded people. 2- The planning and installment of stalls was a great as it keeps everyone within that area together. 3- Food was good. 4- Jumping castle was an excellent idea for the kids. 5- Providing Security was great and would be a huge satisfaction to parents. 6- Great teamwork from all your staff. 7- DJ Tamas'i was awesome.

 

10/14/2015 11:16 PM View respondent's answers
Everything, the venue, stall, entertainments, kids fashion, kids games, competitions, food and of course the crowd. It was like Hibiscus at Albert Park. Brilliant work indeed Fijian Association Victoria. Many thanks.

 

10/14/2015 4:17 PM View respondent's answers
Family friendly. Range of entertainment. Delicious food. Great chance for kids to be involved and interact with other fijian or half fijians. Great bringing everyone together from across vic.

 

10/14/2015 1:54 PM View respondent's answers
It brings everyone together, though we all live in Melbourne but with work we wouldn't able to meet. But this event really brings us together. The turn out is very magical. We have to order meat twice as the lots of people still crowded our stall lol. Congrats and well done guys. Your program was a beauty. You involved every one in it from the kids to adults. Very colourful , joyous. I guess everyone enjoyed it. Vinaka vakalevu xx

 

10/14/2015 1:44 PM View respondent's answers
Welcome ceremony was done very well. Entertainment throughout the day.. Singing and dancing. Fashion parade, stall holders.. Food ?? and drinks never ran out and top it up, the weather that made every one didn't wanna go home :-). The ground was great.

VINAKA VAKALEVU

FIJI DAY EVENTS COMMITTEE

 

 

FCAV PRESIDENT VISIT BALI ORPHANAGE WITH FAMILY

The Fijian Community Association Victoria leader and his family found time to visit the children at the Jodie O'Shea Orphanage in Bali yesterday, Thursday 12/05/16 while they spend their holidays at Denpasar, Bali..

Below is what they said about the purpose of their visit:  

Visiting an orphanage was part of our itenary and as the President of the Fijian Community Association in Victoria, we felt obliged to give back to the community whilst on holidays.

Today we were blessed to be able to visit the Jodie O'Shea Orphanage in Denpasar, Bali. The joy that radiated from those special 90+ kids who were grateful and excited to see us touched our hearts. We often take for granted what we have- our parents; our families; our friends; our jobs and most importantly, being a citizen of a beloved nation that most people around the world would dream to live in. It was a rewarding experience for our children who even heard from some of these special kids who dreamed to have parents; families and a hope for the future.

Friends and families, if you do get the opportunity to visit Bali and at the same time would like give back to the community, please do visit the Jodie O'Shea Orphanage.

The orphanage is named after a young Australian, Jodie O'shea who tragically perished in the 2002 Bali Bombings. Her memories lives on.....

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP - CYCLONE WINSTON APPEAL

CYCLONE WINSTON FUNDRAISER APPEAL-THANK YOU MESSAGE!

The FCAV committee would like to express our heartfelt thank you to everyone that attended our fundraiser appeal last Saturday. 
WHAT A TURN OUT!
All in all it was a very successful event and we raised in excess of $3000 for the Fiji Cyclone Winston Appeal.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank the following cash donors who directly deposited their donations into FCAV account:

1. Mr Orisi Orisi Seru Qaranivalu $100
2. Ms Sylvia Coombe Sylvia Chand $100
3. Dr Qalo Sukabula Qalo Sukabula $200
4. Mr John Thelemaque $200
5. Mr Tiago Oliveir $50
6. Mr Ilisoni Kinivuwai & Family $150
7. Mr Isireli & Anareta Cama $100
8. Mr Ian Cook $123
9. Ms Louise Santillo $20
10. Anonymous $25

Thank you to the Melton City Council for providing the fundraising venue, Melton Community Hall, for free.

Many thanks to the following donors who donated the hamper baskets and silent aution items:
1. Sarah Zurita Sarah Zurita Vidal
2. John Quai Hoi John Quai Hoi
3. Bobina Naidu

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers that cooked the delicious food:
The Melton Fijian Community for cooking the lovo, Mere Bolawaqatabu Epi Bolawaqatabu Fredrick Rokodovu Wai Radrodro Driu Victoria Famili aunty Pearl, Make Laweloa Jotame Ratabua for the rotis Roz Naidu Ross for the lovely palau, curry and dhal, Shwez Lal for the delicious chutney Naisogovesi Koli Ilai Tuilomani Mr & Mrs Bolabasaga all the way from FijiRatu Navara L Robanakadavu for the rourou for the palusami

A special thank you to all our entertainers who donated in-kind and participated last Saturday:
1. Nuholani 
2. Nesian Pearls
3. SDA Youth and families
4. Kunea Band
5. Kids models, Anna, Tori, Amelia and Betty 
6. CMF Broadmeadows Youth and church members who came in numbers to support a great cause
7. Naisogovesi Koli 
8. Island Breeze Rugby Plus 
9. DJ Kid Coco Keith Richards

Thank you to everyone that donated clothes and other perishable and non-perishable items.

Thank you to the Reach 4 Your Future Foundation for your support in organising a container and ensuring that perishable and non-perishable items donated will reach those that need it back home.

Thank you to our dedicated committee members.

Lastly, Congratulations to the winners of the raffles and the silent auction items-Lavenia Draunidalo Sarah Kynaston and friends

Thank you all once again! You all played a very important role in making this fundraiser appeal a successful one.

God Bless us all and God bless Fiji!

Vonivate T Driu 
FCAV President

CYCLONE WINSTON FIJI APPEAL

FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VICTORIA Members and friends.

Cyclone donation Drop off point is now confirmed.

For those good Samaritans collecting donations on behalf of the Fijian Community Association Victoria. You are advised to bring all donations to the address given below. Packing and loading is underway and the container needs to be cleared off on Tuesday 08/03/16.
You are also advised to please neatly box and label the donations as in clothes, stationery, canned food etc. This will make it easier for those loading and also during distribution.

Any further queries or assistance, please call 0420848896

Drop off address is:

10 Catani Ct, Burnside
VIC 3023

 

 

President FCAV Vonivate Driu talks with abc Pacific Beat presenter Bruce Hill on the catastrophic Cyclone Winston that left behind damages on the weekend Saturday 20/02/16 and Sunday 21/02/16.

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HISTORY IS CREATED-FIRST FIJIAN TO BE DUX OF MELTON SECONDARY COLLEGE IN MELBOURNE******Congratulations*********

Year 12 Josefa Lagicere​ created history when he became the first FIJIAN recipient of the Dux award at Melton Secondary College in 2015. 

Josefa dedicated his achievements to his proud parents Tony Lagicere​ and Kite Lagicere and to the rest of the Fijian Community in Melbourne especially those very close to them living in Melton. 

In a double celebration for the family and the Fijian Community, Mrs Kite Lagicere also graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering Technology from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

The Fijian Community Association Victoria recently hosted a farewell event for the Lagicere family at the Box Hill Rugby Club last month as they will be returning to Fiji on the 30th of December 2015. All proceeds collected on that night was donated to the family to help them in their preparation as they get ready to depart for Fiji.

FCAV President, Mr Vonivate Tawase Driu said he was very proud of Josefa and Kite's achievements. He re-iterated the importance of Education to our Fijian community. "Education is the key to Success and is also the most powerful tool to building a better Fijian community in Victoria", said FCAV President. He added that our children's success depends upon an environment that's nurturing as it is enriching and that is at home and the community at large. We aim to promote and support education in the Fijian community to help us create a "knowledged community" that will in return provide support to every families in the future."

Last Saturday (19/12/2015), the Melton Fijian Community hosted a celebration to honor such a great achievement from the Lagicere family and also farewell them at the same time as they prepare to leave Melbourne.

We congratulate Josefa Lagicere and Kite Lagicere for their achievements and wish them both success in their future endeavours.

FIJI DAY OCTOBER 10 2015

THANK YOU MESSAGE

The Fijian Community Association Victoria committee would like to thank everyone who attended our inaugural Fiji Day Multicultural Festival 2015-Melbourne. The theme “Multicultural Fiji” represented our Fijian culture, values and heritage as well as the cultural diversity we have in the Fijian community.

The line-up of entertainment was fantastic! It was an honor and privilege to have Cr. Martin Zakharov as our guest speaker. The amount of compliments, emails and FB messages from everyone has been overwhelming.

Special thanks to our Sponsors-The Victorian Multicultural Commission, Metro Trains, Covino Farms and Reading Cinemas. Thank you to the Footscray Community Arts Centre for the great venue and designers/artist Fashion Flaunt and Fonu.

Thank you to all our volunteers! The phenomenal success of yesterday’s event is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm of your hard work.

Thank you to the SDA Melbourne Fijian Community “Health and Happiness” for the free health assessments, juicing demonstrations on healthy living and the free health dvds.

Thank you to our stall holders for the lovely food, contemporary arts & craft and an astonishing range of merchandise.

Lastly, thank you to all our incredible entertainers for such wonderful performances. To our kids models, Fashion Flaunt models, our talented “voice” singers, to all cultural dance groups and to the CMF Broadmeadows Youth-vinaka vakalevu for the wonderful entertainment.

A LITTLE TRIVIA THAT WE THOUGHT YOU MAY LIKE TO KNOW!

• Approximately more than 1,000 people attended Fiji Day multicultural festival 2015, Melbourne
• Fijians from all over Victoria were in attendance including those from Sale, Bairnsdale, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Cobram and the Metropolitan area.
• Our cultural dance groups included Nesian Pearls (Samoa), Nuholani (Polynesian dance group), Soul Sisters (Fijian/Rotuman dance group) and Fijian dance group from Sale. We were also supported by the CMF Youth Broadmeadows who performed a variety of items including action songs and beautiful singing.
•Our "mini voice" participants were our very own Fijian children with gifted talents
•Free cool stuff for the kids stall-Fairy floss, Face Painting, Jumping Castle, free sweets, colouring and games.
• We awarded gifts to all our kids and teens models, prize monies to 1st 2nd & 3rd Voice competition categories, consolation prizes and prize money for the best decorated stall.

We look forward to a bigger and better Fiji Day Multicultural Festival next year.

Once again, thank you and God bless!

 

Vonivate Tawase Driu

(President - Fijian Community Association Victoria)

Photo: Part of the large crowd that came in numbers to celebrate the 2015 Melbourne Fiji Day.

 

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Amphitheatre-the main entertainment area...A gorgeous outdoor area with lush green grass and spectacular views of Melbourne’s city skyline across the Maribyrnong River. While the amphitheatre itself is not wheelchair accessible, the surrounding lawns are.

 

FCAV VISITS BENDIGO FIJIAN FAMILIES

The Fijian Community Association Victoria today (Saturday 29/08/15) visited Fijian families in Bendigo in an awareness campaign. FCAV represented by the President and the Secretary and accompanied by financial member, Tony Lagicere, presented to the Bendigo Fijian families who came in numbers at the meeting arranged by another financial member, Mr Iliesa Sevudredre who lives in Bendigo with his family.

FCAV President, Mr Vonivate Tawase Driu, made the presentation outlying the various projects and commitments that we as a community need to loook forward to to help FCAV move forward while the Secretary presented the Vision and Mission of the Association. She also went on to address the Bendigo community on the short term and long term goals of the Association.

Issues addressed include, Education and Training of our members of the community, areas of developments that FCAV is looking at to help members grow wether it be in Spiritual and holistic developments and/or physical developments. Issues regarding financial stability of families and assisting members in employment opportunities were also discussed.

A Question and Answer session followed the presentation where those present were given an opportunity to ask questions regarding the FCAV and it's work. "We are happy that we were able to tackle questions with clarity in our role and responsibility not only to the Fijian community but also to our co-existence with other communities living together in the State of Victoria", said Mr Driu.

He also extended his appreciation thanking the Bendigo Community and Mr Sevudredre in giving FCAV the opportunity to present to them their plans and commitment in moving our community forward.

Photo: Bendigo Fijian ladies with FCAV Secretary, Mrs Driu, at the meeting venue.

 

SUPPORT MACIU VOSA 

MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF FCAV...

We Fijians are well known as a welcoming and caring community. We are known for our BIG hearts, kindness and generosity and most of all WE GIVE FROM THE HEART.

Saturday (25/07/15) is a very important night as we come together as ONE to give to one of our very own-Maciu Vosa. The Trinity Church is organising a Multicultural Night at the Clayton Hall, 264 Clayton Road, Clayton. The function will start at 7:30pm and all proceeds will go towards Maciu Vosa's treatment.

Let's show Australia and the world that we Fijians living in Victoria have a supernatural gift of giving from the heart and that will manifest immense blessings!!!!!

Thank you Trinity Church for coming up with this initiative.

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FCAV THANKS SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS

The Fijian Community Association Victoria wishes to thank everyone and especially Youths in Melbourne who came together as one to participate in the FCAV first Youth Rally at the YWAM Base last night, Saturday 18/07/15.

We shall continue to work together and see that with God, we can touch the many lives of our Youths and make the difference moving forward.

We also take this opportunity to thank the CMF Broadmeadows,Kings Dwelling Church, Seventh Day Adventist, New Life Wesleyan Church, YWAM, Island Breeze and Rugby Plus; our sponsors YWAM,,Sarah KynastonEmily SutherlandMele Tabualevu and to our dedicated volunteers the Ligalevu Family, Bose Family, Island Breeze/ Rugby Plus boys and FCAV members, families and friends and keynote speaker, Pastor Marika Bavia for your support.

The Youth Rally as you may all agree was a fruitful and successful one. GOD BLESS US ALL.

Vonivate Tawase Driu
(President - FCAV)

Photo: Youths from CMF Broadmeadows performing to the audience.

OPEN INVITATION TO FCAV YOUTH RALLY

To all our youths out there, you are all invited to join us for a night of fun. Come along and invite your friends to come and hear our very own charismatic gospel singers, Meri Beraki, Mere Yakopo, Peceli and Wila Ligalevu and many more talented singers and dancers and join us later for refreshments.

Looking forward to see you all there!

YWAM BOYS RECEIVE DONATION

Members and friends of the Fijian Community Association Victoria visited our young Fijian lads at the YWAM base who are currently here in Melbourne as part of the Rugby Plus Program-a part of the ministry of Island Breeze Australia. The FCAV donated blazers, shirts, pants, shoes etc to help dress up our boys when they attend functions and other gatherings. 

The idea to help the boys was floated in the FCAV Committee meeting by our Treasurer, Mr Max Knight and supported by Vice President Mr Yisrael Avraham after witnessing the boys wearing thongs and "sulu vakataga" in the cold Melbourne winter weather during the funeral gathering of the late Mr Viliame Turaga at St Mark's Uniting Church in Chadstone. Mr Knight then made queries as to why they were not dressed according to the weather. The boys story touched the hearts of the two gentlemen who then asked the committee to help.

While talking to the committee members seeking support, Mr Knight said that "our duty as a community is to see that these boys needs are catered for. They are young and are here trying to look for better opportunities. The least that the Fijian Community should do is support them. He further said that "What saddens me is that these boys were walking around and mingling with us during the funeral church service and yet church members can not see how poorly dressed they were and no one bothered to ask them. It's about talking to people and asking them how they are and how's life been and you then can listen to their response and be able to know that everything is not too rosy in some people's lives."

The FCAV hopes that the donation will help give the boys that smart look during major corporate functions and other functions and hopefully work for them in as far as achieving their personnel and rugby goals is concerned.

Tonight (Saturday 13/06/15), the boys are going to wear their suits in a Rugby Fundraising Dinner Ball with tickets all sold out at $100 each.

Photo: Our Fijian boys with thongs and sulus in the cold winter weather with FCAV Committee members Mr Max Knight and Mr Yisrael Avraham.

 

Island Breeze uses the universal game of Rugby as a tool to help Youths off the street and develop them to become positive influences in their respective communities. They have developed this program in the last 6-7 years in Australia and most of their impact has been in the Pacific & Asia region.

Island Breeze also run a Rugby Discipleship Training School (DTS), which is accredited with the University of the Nations in YWAM. So far they have run 6 Rugby DTS’s and the students have had the opportunity to travel and share the love of God through their passion for Rugby in various Indigenous Australian communities, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa.

FCAV donated clothes and footwear to the boys yesterday, Friday 12/06/15, and Island Breeze Director, Mr Waqa Baravilala was grateful for the continuous support by FCAV.

Vinaka vakalevu Waqa Baravilala and Ili Tabua for the great work you are doing for our Fijian boys and remember that the FCAV is here to support you in every way we can.

 

Photo: Members of FCAV pictured above with YWAM boys and Mr Baravilala

FCAV FARM WORKERS HAPPY 

The pioneers of the Fijian Community Association Victoria's newly arranged farm workers scheme for it's members now working in Sale, Victoria are all in good health and enjoying their work. Fourteen members have started work three weeks ago and are working 6 days a week earning enough money to help them financially.

Members are picking vegetable orders daily for big fast food giants like McDonalds, Subway, KFC etc. At the moment, most of their work is concentrated on picking bins of lettuces alone, Orders could be in the range of 42 to 60 bins a day which the workers are managing to do in half a day. Extra orders may come in during the day where it is required to be picked before days end. 

The members are accommodated into two fully furnished houses with everything provided ranging from eating utensils, blankets, pillows, flat screen TVs, washing machines, dryers etc. The accommodation is so good that everyone looks forward to coming home after a hard days work. Rent is charged at $10/day for each individual members. Transport to and from work is also provided with members paying $5/day.

The FCAV has worked so hard in making sure that all members coming under this scheme are well looked after and are provided the best so that they are happy with what they do, where they live and how much they take home. FCAV President Mr Vonivate Driu is helping in the setup and the managing of the daily work. "We need to maintain a good working relationship with the farmers and the contractors to be able to secure long term work for our members", he said. "At the same time, the Association has the responsibility to see that all it's members are happy and that is why I have sacrificed my time to be with them in the initial rolling out of this farm work scheme." 

The FCAV has come up with this initiative to help members to be financially stable. "Some members are struggling with their daily expenses like rent, bills to pay, food to put on the table etc which affects their other financial responsibilities like giving the best to their children to help them in their education. Then you have members who have pending traffic fines, credit card payments and other outstanding fines. That is why FCAV is getting such initiatives to help the Fijian families and individuals live a financially stable life and enjoy prosperous living" 

If you are interested in joining our members who are already working in Sale, contact FCAV and we will register you or contact Mr Driu on 0420848896.

Photo: FCAV members picking lettuce.

 

EMPLOYMENT FOR FIJIAN FARM WORKERS START TOMORROW (30/04/15)

Fourteen members of our Fijian community living in Melbourne will commence work tomorrow at a farm in Sale, Victoria through the initiative of the Fijian Community Association Victoria. They are now finalising their paper work today(29/04/15) to gain them full-time employment with their new employer. The fourteen have now moved into their accomodation provided by their employer.

The President of FCAV, Mr Vonivate Driu said that the initiative will help members of our community in their day to day living and help them make ends meet in terms of paying their bills, food and rent. He further commented that "FCAV supports Fijians in need and we are here to assist those who are finding difficulties in finding employment to enable them to support their families. Living in Australia is not easy if you don't have a stable income and FCAV is here to ensure that every Fijian families and individuals live a happy life through income stability".

The Association is inviting Fijians in Victoria to join in and become members so that we can all work together to see that such initiatives are successfully maintained. "We are not looking at farm workers only. We are looking at widening the scope for FCAV to also become an Agent entrusted to provide professional employment as well to all Fijians'" said Driu.

Non-members who have gained employment through such FCAV initiatives are required to become members and membership fees will be deducted from their pay.

Other initiatives that the Association is working on is finding cheaper and easier ways of doing things to help boost family savings that could be used to help in their kids education and other family expenses.

 

 FIJIAN ASSOCIATION AWARDED GRANT FROM MELTON COUNCIL

FCAV is privileged to have got support from the Melton Council. FCAV has been granted $1700 as Public liability insurance for a $20M cover. Read below announcement from the Secretary of FCAV:

Dear FCAV members
  
  As you are aware, we had submitted a grant application to
  the Melton Council to assist us with our establishment costs
  as a new not for profit organisation.
  
  I write to inform you all that our first grant application
  has been successful and Melton Council will be paying for
  the association's public liability insurance for $1700 ($20M
  cover).
  
  We will keep you updated on the outcome of the other grant
  applications.
  
  Lastly, please let us continue to pray for each other and
  the association and give thanks to the Lord for his
  continuous guidance and blessings.
  
  God bless you all.
  
  Malo
  
  Katarina Driu

FCAV is based in Melton, Victoria.

FIJI PART OF THE CONTEMPORARY PACIFIC ARTS FESTIVAL 2015

The Fijian Community Association Victoria will showcase Fiji in this years Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival to be held on Saturday the 11th of April at the Footscray Community Arts Center, Footscray.

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PACIFIC ARTS FESTIVAL 

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY

Dear FCAV Families and Friends,

This is an open invitation to all Fijian children and parents to join us in our Sunday School Rally scheduled to be held on Saturday 18th April, 2015.

The main objective of this rally day event is to bring all our children together and give them an opportunity to meet other Fijian children in the community, give them the confidence to speak and share about their faith to other children, remind them and give them an idea that God created everything and help them develop a sense of interpersonal relationship.

This event is FREE and is a one and only children event scheduled for the year 2015.

To all parents, please do not miss this opportunity for your children. We have a lot of fun and exciting activities scheduled for this special day.

Please contact our Secretary, Katarina Driu on 0449174058 to register your children as we have limited spaces available for each age category group.

YOUNG LEAH TURAGA LAID TO REST TODAY

Leah Lebaivalu Turaga was today (Friday 20/03/15) farewelled at the Dandenong Uniting Church attended by people from the Fijian community in Melbourne her friends from school and other people from all works of life who know this beautiful little girl. The service started at 10:30 am and followed by her funeral procession at Springvale Cemetery where her body was finally laid to rest.

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LEAH TURAGA LAID TO REST 

JOIN THE KVT VOLLEYBALL TEAM

The Fijian Community Association supports and encourages all it's members and Fijians at large to participate in organised sports to help them keep fit and healthy. The KVT Volleyball team is playing every Monday at the Gilson College, 450 Taylors Road, Taylors Hill. The team is now fielding 2 teams, a mixed team and a men's team in the competition. Games for mixed team always commences at around 6:30pm to 7:30pm while the men's team plays at around 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

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HEALTH AND FITNESS 

REACH 4 YOUR FUTURE FOUNDATION ROLLS OUT FIRST MICROSOFT IT ACADEMY IN FIJI

The Fijian Community Association Victoria wishes to congratulate the Reach 4 Your Future Foundation for finally launching the new and first Microsoft Academy in Fiji. The leader of the Foundation, Mr Ganesh Sen, a member of the Fijian Community Association Victoria addressed members in it's meeting on Sunday 15/06/15 at Melton, Victoria going into details on the work that the Foundation has been carrying out in Fiji. The FCAV supports the tremendous work that the Foundation is doing giving back to the communities in Fiji especially in the ares of IT education and Digital literacy.

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REACH 4 YOUR FUTURE FOUNDATION 

FIJIAN COMMUNITY MOURNS THE DEATH OF DR BAMBLETT

The Fijian Community Association Victoria is sad to announce the untimely death of Dr Alf Bamblett, an Aboriginal elder who has been closely associated with our Melbourne Fijian community particularly in the church ever since the Fijian AOG started back in the days.

He passed on Saturday 14th March 2015. Dr Alf Bamblett held many executive positions within Aboriginal Organisations and also helped establish those organisations. The last position he had was CEO of Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association in 2014. He was also a pastor and his family established the Barak Aboriginal church in Thornbury. He lived and fought for Aboriginal affairs and his people and was also like a Liason between Government & Aboriginal community.

He has been associated with the Fijian community for probably over 20years now, combinining with the Aboriginal church in Sheparton back then. He went to Fiji on a mission trip to assist in helping indigenous Fijians back home after the coup in 2000 with Pastors Joe and Ema Beraki. This year he had a vision to set up some donation program in Fiji but sadly he passed.

He was a true man of God and a loving, proud father and grandfather very well respected elder and leader in the Aboriginal community. He also has family ties to our Fijian community, his 2 nephews are Simon & Jeffrey who are Fijian/Aboriginal.

REST IN PEACE DR BAMBLETT.

 

LUKE CAMA LAID TO REST ON THURSDAY 26/02/2015

The Fijian Community in Melbourne farewelled Mr Luke Cama yesterday, Thursday 26/02/15, at a memorial Church Service held at the Fijian Uniting Church in Chadstone before he was taken to his burial ground at Springvale Cemetary. Luke Cama hails from the vanua of Vanuaseu, Fulaga in the Lau group.

The Fijian Community Association Victoria presented it's "reguregu" to Mr Cama's family on Wednesday evening represented by the committee members and some members of the Association. Mr Cama was a staunch member of the community and the Church.

Photo: FCAV members that went to present their "reguregu" to Mr Luke Cama's family on behalf of the Fijian Community                           Association of Victoria.

 

FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VISITS MOURNING FAMILY

The Fijian Community Association Victoria presented it's "Reguregu" to the mourning family of Mr Lisala Saqusaqu who was called to rest on Monday the 2nd of February after a short illness. Mr Saqusaqu died at the Monash Hospital after experiencing severe headache while attending a Church service at the Melbourne Fijian Uniting Church, Chadstone on Sunday, 01/02/15.

Presenting the reguregu on behalf of the committee and members of FCAV, Tony Lagicere praised the life of Mr Saqusaqu as that of a committed family man who has used his time and resources to the community and especially the Church. "We have lost the life of someone who always gives his best on whatever duties he is entrusted with. He has left behind a family that was always so dear to him. The Church for which he was member has witnessed the commitment of this great man and we should all learn from him the true commitment one has to have to truly serve God and his Church," said Mr Lagicere in his presentation.

Mr Saqusaqu will be laid to rest on Friday the 14th of February. His body will be brought to the Melbourne Fijian Uniting Church at around 9:30am where he will be accorded a final farewell service at 10am to be conducted by the Rev Inia Mavai. His final journey to his burial ground follows and burial is scheduled at 12:00 mid-day.

The FCAV was represented by the President Mr Vonivate Driu, Vice President Mr Yisrael Avraham, Secretary Mrs Katarina Driu and Treasurer Mr Max Knight with committee member Talatala Tepola Raicebe and 3 members; Ratu Ifereimi, Sera and Makelesi Roberts.

FIJIAN COMMUNITY VICTORIA READY TO HOST FIJI PEARLS NETBALL TEAM

The Fijian Community Association Victoria will be hosting the Fiji Pearls Netball Team that will be in Melbourne to play two training games against the Victorian U21 and the Melbourne Vixens from Sunday the 22nd to Tuesday the 24th of this month. 

The team will be arriving in the early hours of Sunday morning at Melbourne Airport from Auckland and will be transferred directly to their hotel accomodation to have their much needed rest before they will be welcomed by the Fijian Community living in Victoria in a welcoming Church Service to be held at the YWAM Camp base in Surrey Hills at 3pm. 

The team will play the Victorian State U21 teams at Maribynong on Monday 23rd beginning at 6:30pm. On Tuesday the 24th, they will be playing the Melbourne Vixens at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Parkville at 4pm.

The team consists of 3 officials and 13 players. The officials include Ruby Ann Sorovaki as Manager, Kate Carpenter as Coach and Sala Drasuna an Executive.

The 13 players are:

1. Mere Rabuka (Kadavu) - Defender.

2. Episake Gaunavinaka (Nadroga) - Defender.

3. Matila Waqanidrola (Serua) - Defender.

4. Sereana Maragi (Yasawa) - Defender.

5. Sara Dakuitoga (Cakaudrove) - Midcourt/Defender.

6. Vasiti Waqatabu (Ra) - Midcourt.

7. Alesi Waqa (Ra) - Midcourt/Shooter.

8. Jane Costello (Serua) - Midcourt/Defender.

9. Losa Tuifagalele (Lau) - Midcourt/Shooter.

10. Maria Lutua (Macuata) - Midcourt/Shooter.

11. Nina Cirikisuva (Lau) - Shooter.

12. Una Rauluni (Lomaiviti) - Midcourt/Shooter.

13. Taraima Mitchell (Ra) - Shooter.

The Fijian Community Association Victoria is asking all Fijians in Victoria to come and support our girls. Everyone is invited to come and join the community in the welcome service and be at the grounds to cheer for the girls during the game. The team will depart for Fiji early Wednesday morning.

 

JUNIOR MELBOURNE REBELS YOUNG ATU GETS ASSISTANCE FROM FIJIAN COMMUNITY

 PHOTO: Young Bose Jnr flanked by FCAV President, Mr Vonivate Driu and former Wallaby flanker, Ilivasi Tabua.

Melbourne Rebels Under 15 Junior Gold Cup 2015 recruit, Atu Bose Junior, received a major boost to his young rugby career during a presentation last Saturday, 13/12/2014. The Fijian Community Association Victoria has now come on board and is proud to be a part sponsor.

Present at the presentation were former Wallaby flanker, former Fijian National Rugby Coach and now Director Rugby at the Boxhill Rugby Club, Mr Ilivasi Tabua, President of the Fijian Community Association Victoria, Mr Vonivate Driu, Committee member Mr Usaia Rokobiau and President of the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement, Mr Suka Seviua. Mr Driu commended Atu of his achievement and wished him well on his future endeavors. "The Fijian Community is here to see that our youths, the young people in our community are supported to reach their full potential in whatever things they do", said Driu." Young people should be at the forefront of this newly formed Fijian Community Association. We will support our young to be key agents for development and peace."

Mr Tabua in his words of encouragement to Atu talked about the importance of respect for the elders and respect for his parents and those who will work with him in his career as a rugby player. "Learn to live a disciplined life and choose what you put in to your life and what you consume in your body for what you put in is what you will get out. Sleep well and train hard", Mr Tabua said.

Bose Junior is a young promising player who plays on the wing and his selection for the Junior Rebels team should start a promising career for him that needs the support of the Fijian community here in Victoria. He was accompanied by his mother, Mrs Meri Bose.

 

FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VICTORIA BUILDS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE VICTORIA MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION

The Fijian Community Association Victoria is very thankful to the Office of the Victorian Multicultural Commission for allowing time to meet with the Chairperson, Mr Chin Tan on Wednesday(10/12/2014) afternoon. 

Discussions centered around where the Fiji Community is now as compared to it's contribution to the Communities in Victoria, empowerment of our young and children to make an impact in their individual careers that they choose, our duties to the community that we serve and how to best serve the people in your community.

The FCAV was represented by the President, Mr Vonivate Driu, secretary Mrs Katarina Driu and committee member, Mr Max Knight. Overall, the meeting was very enlightening and fruitful and the committee is looking forward to more meetings and guidance from the office to be able to serve the Fijian community and other communities in Victoria better.

PHOTO: The Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Mr Chin Tan, flanked by Mr Max Knight (left) and Mr Vonivate Driu (right)

 

PRESIDENT THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT 

Fijian Community Association Victoria Fundraising Dinner

Presidents Speech

PHOTO: (From left to Right) Reverend Tepola Raicebe, Ratu Ifereimi Raicebe, Tanya (Rep from Club London) and Mr Driu (President - FCAV)

NI SA BULA VINAKA.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the Fijian Community Association Victoria’s 1st fundraising dinner and a big “vinaka vakalevu” to you all for your support in attending this gala dinner. We the Committee are truly grateful for your presence here tonight as our guests, as this fundraising dinner would not have been possible if it wasn’t for your support, so I thank you all again for coming.

The Fijian Community Victoria Association Incorporation is a registered not-for profit organisation that was recently formed by a group of committed volunteers who were inspired to form an organisation that will one day unite all Fijians living in Victoria through Unity, Trust and Ambition. We envision a world where all Fijian Victorian’s will achieve our full human potential and earn a reputation as a welcoming, caring and united community through education, income stability and healthy living.

While many of us Fijians have prospered since arriving to Australia, across the country is a shockingly number of our youths that end up in the Australian justice system. In Victoria for instance, the state with the second-largest population, Pacific Islanders make up just .01 % of the population, but of that .01%, 8.5 % of young people end up in detention centres. It will be interesting to find out how many Fijians make up the 8.5%.  The latest Census in 2011 recorded 56 979 Fiji-born Australians, an increase of 18.4 per cent from the 2006 Census of which 9714 reside in Victoria.

There is a saying that “Unless you know where you have come from, you will not know where you are going.” As an important part of refreshing our organisation’s narrative, one of the objectives in this new journey is that we will seek to reconnect with our culture, tradition and values with a mission to deliver a brighter future for our Fijian Community in Victoria through learning and community support programmes.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a challenging task.  It requires organization, planning and coordination. It also requires Trust, Loyalty and the passion to give back to the community. However, we the Committee are ready to take on this task and we need your support in moving forward.

Our theme tonight is “Acceptable differences within the community”.  We believe that when we accept differences within the community, ie accept our different beliefs, religion, race and colour, we will build a strong and unified community.

Talk about acceptable differences, this year 2014 has been a challenging and rewarding year for me as well. I have been privileged to have been invited to other charities and not for profit organisations such as the YWAM, Rugby Plus, Melbourne Fijian Rugby and the Reach 4 Your Future Foundation to name a few. I was very humbled to learn of the enormous work that these organizations have done to the Fijian community and I salute them for a job well done.

There is so much that I would like to share with you tonight but due to limited time allocated, I would like to invite you all to have a browse through our website as it has all the necessary information that you want to know about the association. We also have a facebook page called Fijian AssociationVic.

Ladies and gentlemen, to date, we have more than 100 supporters and followers, and 24 financial members. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters from all over Victoria, in particular, friends and families from Robinvale and Cobram who send in donations even though they were unable to attend. I encourage you all to become members of this association and let us work together in building a better Fijian Community in Victoria. New membership fees are $25.00 and membership forms are available at the back.

In closing, I wish to thank all of you for coming tonight. I would also like to acknowledge our hard working committee members who worked hard to ensure that tonight’s event was a success. Max and Yisrael, vinaka vakalevu for your support and commitment to this newly born association. Our sponsors, in particular, Club London who has catered several Fijian functions this year, donors for your donations, and guests for attending this dinner.

Thank you all for joining us and supporting our beginnings and I hope you enjoy the wonderful dinner and entertainments that follow.

Vinaka and God bless you all!