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BULA VINAKA.....


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.


AUSTRALIAN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM'S DIASPORA MODEL DESIGN WORKSHOP.

Fijian Community Representative, Mr Von Driu was part of this discussion group at the AVI Workshop held in Fitzroy, Melbourne. The discussion centered around the diversifying of the Australian Volunteer Program by developing a dedicated pathway for diaspora volunteers.

Diaspora volunteers (defined as those returning to their country of origin or descent to volunteer) have high levels of social and cultural knowledge, and often language skills, that are a great asset to the communities they volunteer in.

Also part of the discussion group was Mr
Ganesh Sen from the Reach 4 Your Future Foundation.

Fiji and Sri Lanka are two countries of interest.
 
 
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Click on the photo below to view information about the 2018 Melbourne Fiji Day Celebration:

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COMMONWEALTH BANK SUPPORTS 2018 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY FESTIVAL

The Fijian Community Association Victoria is humbled and grateful to the support of the Commonwealth Bank Werribee Branch for it's timely donation to help in the organizing of the 2018 Melbourne Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival.

The Festival to be held at Melton Recreational Reserve, Melton is scheduled for this Saturday, 13th October. It is expected to pull in a big crowd of Fijians, Pacific Islanders and other members of the Community from around Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

VINAKA VAKALEVU COMMONWEALTH BANK.
The Fijian Community Association Victoria greatly appreciates your kindness.
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BEGINNERS 1 FIJIAN LANGUAGE CLASS GRADUATE

Today, our pioneer students of the newly developed Beginners 1 Fijian Language Class graduated and received their Certificates after successfully completing their course.

The students are now ready to continue on to the Beginners 2 Class to start in 2 weeks.

The Fijian Community Association Victoria ran the Course and wish to acknowledge the support of the City of Melton which provided a grant of $1,300:00 to help with the Course delivery.

FCAV also wish to thank students who were very interested and enthusiastic in learniing the Fijian Language and also their parents for their support that enabled the successful implementation and completion of the course.

FCAV also wish to thank Beam Training and Technology for it's sacrifices in accepting FCAV's request to run the Course with the Fijian Community Association Victoria and also to Talatala Tepola Raicebe and the New Life Wesleyan Methodist Church, Ravenhall for providing the venue for the Course.

FCAV will be registering students at next week's Fiji Day Festival to attend the next Beginners 1 Class scheduled for the 29th of October, 2018.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATING KIDS.....

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FIJI'S "TABUSORO THE BRAND" IN 2018 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY CELEBRATION

FIJI'S "TABUSORO THE BRAND" IN 2018 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY FESTIVAL

Look who will be at the 2018 Melbourne Fiji Day Festival?
IT'S TABUSORO, a trusted sporting apparel from Fiji that design and manufacture "Tabusoro the brand".

Their merchandise range from T-Shirts, Rugby Jerseys, Track suits, Hoodies, Ladies tops, Vests and many more.

IT'S YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO BUY YOUR FIJI MADE TABUSORO APPARELS HERE IN MELBOURNE.

SEE YOU AT THE 2018 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL.

BE THERE....Melton Recreation Reserve
40-66 Reserve Road, MELTON
Saturday 13th October 2018

To see more of the TABUSORO Products, go to:

https://www.tabusoro.com.au/

 

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MELBOURNE/VICTORIA - GET READY FOR SOME LIVELY FIJIAN MEKE FROM FIJI......

WOW.....WOW...WOW....IT'S GOING TO BE FUN AND LIVELY!!!

In 2003, these group of men were still students of Queen Victoria School, Tailevu, FIJI when they took part in the Opening ceremony of the South Pacific Games to perform a lively Fijian Traditional Dance called the "Waqavuka". It was the Original Waqavuka Meke performed on that wonderful evening.

Some members of that group have teamed up to bring to the people of Victoria, Australia the same Fijian Traditional Dance they performed in front of more than 20'000 audience at Suva's ANZ Stadium and thousands more TV audiences around the world.

They now call themselves the O3 NUKUVUTO BREEZE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP and they will liven up the crowd on the 2018 MELBOURNE Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival to be held on the 13th of October at the Melton Recreation Reserve, Melton.

BE THERE AND DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!!!

PERFORMING with them are other South Pacific Island Groups including NUHOLANI, TAMA TATAU, LetTeine Polynesian Dance Group and many more.

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IROK REALTORS HAPPY TO BE PART OF FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL

IROK Realtors, a Fijian Real Estate Company based in Suva has jumped on board and has given it's support to the 2018 Melbourne Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival. The Company's Managing Director becomes the first member of the FCAV from Fiji. This is the first in the history of the Fijian Community Association Victoria to have a registered member from Fiji.

We have members from Inter-state Australia, particularly New South Wales but to have members from Fiji is such a blessing and proves the great work of the Association and it's wider parcipation reaching back to our Island Nation.

The Company is based in Suva and their office is at

Suite 6 - Level 1

Nina House

Suva, FIJI Islands

IROK Realtors serves your Real Estate needs in Fiji. 

 Click on their Company Logo below to know more about the company.

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DON'T MISS OUT ON YOUR DELICIOUS FIJI DAY LOVO 

Here's an opportunity for you not to miss out on your favourite Fiji LOVO Food.

It's easy. BUDGET properly now to enable you to have the best on what the 2018 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY has to offer.

Enjoy the Day with your family by having a choice of some delicious meals not having to worry about your delicious Fijian LOVO.

AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT, PAY NOW AND PICKUP on the day, Saturday 13th October 2018.

For Orders or further information, contact 0420848896.

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO PAY FOR YOUR LOVO PACK NOW.

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VICTORIAN MULTI-CULTURAL COMMISION CONTINUE IT'S SUPPORT TO MELBOURNE FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL.
 
The Fijian Community Associan Victoria is blessed to get the support of the Victorian Multi-Cultural Commission after being considered a successful receipient of it's 2018-2019 Multi-Cultural Festival Grant together with many other applicants in Communities around Victoria. This year marks the fourth year that the Fijian Community has received grants from the Victorian Multi-Cultural Commission.
 
Our participation in grant applications is the result of FCAV's active participation in serving our purpose by addressing issues, supporting community growth and development including the teaching of religion, language and culure within our community and the greater society as a whole. Our mission is 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.
 
The Victorian Multicultural Commission Community Grants Program provides support to Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities to develop and sustain local community organisations. We are proud to see the approval of grants also going to some other Fijian Community Organisations and we ask those Organisations to contact us so that together we can work in collaboration to ensure that we serve our different purposes better. Our involvement as Fijian Community Organisations has enabled us to enjoy grant support from Government and other Donor Institutions. Also getting grants are some of our Pacific Island communities which is great in terms of fair distribution of wealth in as far as increasing different Community group applicants is concerned.
 
FCAV has continued to enjoy it's Multi-Cultural Festival grants from the Commission for the last 3 years begining in 2015 and this year, we will again celebrate the 2018 Melbourne Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival with their generous support. Transperancy and good book keeping is important to continue to receive such grants as these donors would require to be provided acquitals every year, something that the Fijian Community Association has always prioritise as one of our good working practice.
 
The Fijian Community Association Victoria genuinely serves our Community. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.
 
COME AND CELEBRATE WITH EVERYONE ON SATURDAY THE 13TH OF OCTOBER.
 
2018 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL - BIGGER AND BETTER.
 
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UPDATE ON THE FIJIAN STUDENTS STUDYING IN MELBOURNE

Friends and Families,

A few months ago, we asked for your help with the three Fijian International private students currently studying in Melbourne.

Since then, we have had tremendous and overwhelming support from the community in Melbourne.

We have since received monetary donations, clothes and other household goods from generous people to help the students including casual employment provided by Fijian business people here in Melbourne.

One of the students who hails from Tailevu was blessed to be supported by the Yasana O Tailevu in Melbourne who came in numbers to do a “soli” to support one of their own. Moreover, he has been blessed to be now living with Mr Ifereimi Nadore who is from Tailevu and also an FCAV member.

The Fijian Community Association Victoria would like to say “Vinaka Vakalevu” to all that supported these students, in particular to Kamie Naicker and Pranil Singh, Ashwinita Ackers, Yasana O Tailevu Malevani, Koliavu Family, Sala Tokalau-Ravoka, Semi Vuetibau, Sam Tiqatabua, Yasana O Ba (YOBA Victoria), Tai Ma and Eroni Lewaqai, Sireli Driu and everyone else we have forgotten to mention.

The 3 students are all doing very well in their studies. Two have ongoing part-time work and they are all valuable volunteers of the Association today.

Photo: Two of the students helping prepare the classroom for the Fijian Language Classes. 

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FCAV RECEIVED HELP TO ESTABLISH OWN FIJIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

The Fijian Community Association of Victoria this week received a grant from the City of Melton to help the Organisation support it's work on the teaching of the Fijian Language to the community.

FCAV is really grateful and this grant has come in just in time to help the establishment of the teaching of the language. A lot of planning and hard work has been put in to get the classes off the ground.

Some great work that has already been done include the:

1. Development of units which will be used as teaching guides to students.
2. Collation of teaching materials and prepared Lesson plans for teachers.
3. Development of unit contents for different developed units on different classes to run.
4. Web development support to create student portals for students to view their work online.
5. Running of the Fijian Language Beginners 1 program and Beginners 2.

Apart from the above, other costs involved use of facilities, printing, photocopying, teaching materials etc. that badly needs funding for sustainable training and effective learning outcomes.

FCAV thank the City of Melton for supporting us with the program and we look forward to our community taking the opportunity to learn our Fijian Language.

Photo: 4 year old Isaiah Ratu poses for a photo at class.

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2018 FINE FOOD AUSTRALIA EXPO

The Fijian Community Association Victoria Youth volunteers support the Fijian delegation currently here in Melbourne for the Fine Foods Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition centre. Arrangements was organised between the Fiji Consulate in Sydney and the Fijian Community Association in Victoria for our Community to support the Fiji Booth consisting of 5 Businesses from Fiji displaying and promoting their Fijian Made products.

The two Youths that are participating promoting Fiji in the show are Esther Ledua and Josua Rabua.

Come and support our Fijian booth and the delegates from Fiji if you are Free.

The expo opens today(Monday 10/09/2018) and closes on Friday 14th September 2018.

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2018 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY - NIGHT EVENT

Invitation is extended to all Fijians and friends of Fiji who love our Nation and it's people. The 2018 Fiji Day Celebration Dinner Dance Fundraiser in the evening will be a repeat of what we had last year. But this time, funds raised from the Night will go towards helping schools, hospitals and other rehabilitation work in Fiji.

The Fijian Community Association Victoria now works in collaboration with Fiji Aid Melbourne to present to you a Night of Celebration to remember.
We are bringing back our very own Fiji's Kulture Band and Georgina Ledua. They loved us after last year's BIG NIGHT and promised to come back and entertain you on the 2018 Fiji Day Celebration.

BUDGET AND PLAN WELL NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

TO BUY YOUR TICKETS, PLEASE, CLICK ON THE FLYER BELOW:

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Mark the Date and pay now to be part of this great celebration.


DAY/DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018

TIME: 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM

VENUE: SPRINGVALE COMMUNITY HALL, 01 OSBORNE AVENUE, SPRINGVALE.

BE THERE!!! MELBOURNE FIJI DAY - GETTING BIGGER AND BETTER!!!

 


FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA BUYS LAND FOR THEIR COMMUNITY

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Bula vinaka everyone,

Three and a half years ago, the Fijian Community Association in Victoria was established with a vision to be the virtual centre of providing community support services that will empower and enhance the quality of life of Fijians living in Victoria (irrespective of age, gender, religion or ethnic background) through Language and Culture, Education, Sports, Religion and Healthy Living. Our long term plan is to buy a property for our Fijian community within 5-10 years.

Today, as of 5PM, we are proud to announce that the Fijian Community Association Victoria Incorporation has purchased its first 2 properties (MORTGAGE FREE) and is a proud owner of 2 blocks of land measuring approximately half acre within a unique and vibrant community of Rainbow, Victoria.

The 2 blocks could potentially be transformed into a camping site for our community or even a caravan park as it is situated close to 2 Lakes including Lake Hindmarsh, the States largest freshwater lake and are situated in the central town area of Rainbow, close to the Hospital, Police Station and all other amenities.

Raibow is in Central Victoria. The decision to choose Rainbow was based on it's strategic location as it can easily be accessible to all Fijians living in Victoria. Rainbow is approximately 3 hours from Mildura, 2.5 hours from Robinvale, 2 hours from Swan Hill, 3 Hours from Bendigo, 4 hours from Melbourne, 3 hours from Ballarat, 1 hour from Horsham and 30 minutes from Deemboola.

We would like to thank everyone who have helped us through this journey. Thank you to all our families, friends and past FCAV members who have contributed towards this worthy cause.

Thank you to our faithful financial members who believed in our vision and supported us throughout the past 3 ½ years.

Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to organise successful fundraising activities towards this worthy cause.

Thank you to our new members who have witnessed the good works of the association and have decided to be a part of this exciting journey. We look foward to your valuable contributions.

The Fijian Community Association Victoria is today a strong community organisation made up of people with rich and diverse backgrounds who each have something to contribute to make the association flourish.

VINAKA VAKALEVU

FCAV EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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FIJIAN PEARLS RECEIVE CERTIFICATES

In appreciation of their perfomance at the 2018 Pasifika Night, the Fijian Community Association Victoria presented members of the Fijian Pearls Dance group their certificates to show them their appreciation and that of their  mums, dads and families who have worked tirelessly to give these kids the opportunities to showcase their culture.

The President of the FCAV who awarded them their certificates thank the girls for their participation and said that, "We believe that children learn what they live through. A bit of praise for their work will teach them appreciation.And likewise, when we give them encouragement, it teaches them to be confident. Our hope is that the certificates that they received today will teach them some good lessons in life and we look forward to see them progress confidently in their future endeavours."

Vinaka vakalevu Fijian Pearls.

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FIRST FIJIAN LANGUAGE CLASS BEGINS

Today, Thursday 09/08/18, marked the inaugural beginning of the Fijian language class run by the Fijian Community Association Victoria at it's newly acquired office building, 1/27-29 Fuller Road, Ravenhall.

The first class consisted of 10 students that attended the Beginners 1 class, designed especially for students that have no knowledge of both spoken and written Fijian.
After years of planning, the Fijian Language class has now finally get off the ground..

The Fijian Community Association Victoria wishes to thank everyone that were involved in the planning process and finally to the eventual beginning of the Class today.

We thank the FCAV Education, Youth and Sports Committee for your time you volunteered and ground work you've done to make all this dream come true. To the Chairman, Mr Sam Tiqatabua, members Ms Heather Carr, Mr Seru Nabalarua and Mrs Katarina Driu, thank you for your hard work.

Our appreciation is also extended to the FCAV Religion, Languge and Culture Committee who worked hard in finally putting together the mechanism to enable the course to run. We wish to thank the Chairman Mr Eroni Lewaqai, Mrs Lice Tawake and Mr Vonivate Driu for the hard work and great lengths you have put in to achieve your aims.

FCAV also wishes to thank the parents of our pioneering students to the Fijian Language class, Mr and Mrs Rebecca Ratu, Mr and Mrs Ledua Leba Leutenmayr, Disa Komaitai, Mr and Mrs Driu Victoria Famili and Mr and Mrs Gyanendra Reddy Anjana Kirti Reddy for without your support this class would not have eventuated. Thank you students for your willingness and interest to learn your language.

We take this opportunity to thank our volunteer University students who have put together teaching aids and set up our classroom for our new students. Thank you Kalelia Coriakula Rt Joshua Rabua II and Emori Rokobose Jnr for your time.

The support from other FCAV Committee members has been great supporting the work of the Fijian Community Association Victoria. To the FCAV Project and Business Committee, Chairman Dr Shawn Ackers, members Ashwinita Ackers, Mr Martin Chanel Mr Jotame Ratabua Mr Gynendra Reddy, thank you all. Your ideas and visions has made FCAV undertake such projects and other business ventures waiting and ready to come into fruition.

Thank you also to our Events and Fundraising Committe, Chairlady Ms Ema Corfe and members Ms Sylvia Chand Litiana Corfe Miva Nabalarua, Ms Vani Marshall. The Association is able to carry out it's activities now with funds in our account.

Finally, we would like to thank Mr and Mrs Raicebe, Talatala Tepola Raicebe Debbie Mason and Ratu Ifereimi Raicebe for your support in the use of the New Life Wesleyan Methodist Church facilities to conduct enrolment, orientation and the first Fijian Language class that has finally started.

God Bless everyone for your generous support.

VTDriu
(President - FCAV)

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FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VICTORIA RECEIVE DONATION OF BOYS DANCE GROUP COSTUMES

A big Vinaka Vakalevu to Mr Martin Stephenson for his generous in-kind donation last Saturday where he donated 6 sets of Fijian (male) Meke costumes.

FCAV has always wanted to form a men’s meke group but it was challenging as the costumes would have required a fundraising activity due to their monetary value.

If it wasn’t for Martin’s donation, FCAV would have approximately spent more than a $1000 AU to procure such valuable items and also pay for additional transportation costs.

Martin’s generous contribution will help FCAV’s Language and Culture Committee to further the important work they are doing for our Fijian community and fulfill their goal to form a men’s meke group in the near future.

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ORDER YOUR FIJIAN "SALUSALU"(FIJIAN GARLAND) FOR YOUR FUNCTION:

Friends and Families,

We now have a talented Fijian lady here in Melbourne that makes beautiful, unique and colourful “Salusalu” or Fijian garland.

We are blessed today that the tradition of wearing Salusalu is still practiced by Fijians around the world to signify our proud and rich culture. In our modern society, salusalu is worn to mark happy occasions and other significant events.

For order enquiries, please contact 0449174058.

Vinaka vakalevu

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FIJIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES STARTING ON THURSDAY 09/08/18

FIJIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Beginers Lesson.

We are registering and enrolling our kids to start a Beginners class in our Fijian Language programme.

The Fijian Community Association Victoria will be registering/Enrolling and doing an Orientation to our children on Wednesday the 1st of August, 2018 and classes will start on Thursday the 9th of August at 5:30pm.

BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO LEARN THE FIJIAN LANGUAGE.

See flyer in link below for more information:

FIJIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

http://fijianassociationvic.com/Learn-Fijian


BULA SMILE KIDS RECEIVE CERTIFICATES

It is a blessing when our children are interested to learn about our proud and rich culture and how they can contribute to the community at an early age. It is equally important that they are rewarded and praised for their participation to encourage and motivate them.

Today, our BULA SMILE kids were presented with their Certificate of Participation for their performance and participation at the recent PASIFIKA NIGHT fundraiser.

Next week it will be the Fijian Pearls in the Eastern suburbs.

More stories on the link below:

KIDS CORNER

(http://www.fijianassociationvic.com/kids-corner)


FIJIAN STUDENTS FROM FIJI STUDYING IN MELBOURNE NEED COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The Fijian Community Association in Victoria has come a long way in it's four years since it was registered as a non-profit Organisation. It has continued to serve it's mission as the virtual center for 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.

More on the story, go to the link below:

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

(http://fijianassociationvic.com/education-and-training)


2018 PASIFIKA NIGHT SUCCESS

THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORS, AND ATTENDEES

Dear Friends and Families,

The Fijian Community Association Victoria (FCAV), would like to thank you all for attending our Pasifika Night fundraiser last night.

The event would not have been a success if it wasn't for your support and attendance.

The fundraiser raised approximately $6000. Funds raised will go directly towards our long term plan-to purchase a land for our Fijian community in Melbourne.

Click on the link below for more stories on the Pasifika Night:

2018 PASIFIKA NIGHT

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PACIFIC CONNECTION EXPO

The Fijian Community Association Victoria was part of this year's Pacific Expo held at the Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church, 235 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing. We are grateful to the organisers of the Expo to have invited us to be part of the Information sharing and cultural exchanges of Pacific Islands Communities present on the day.

We look forward to be part of the Expo in 2019.

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2018 FIJI DAY FESTIVAL BIGGER AND BETTER

This year's Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival is shaping up to be the biggest so far with the kind support of our new sponsor the City of Melton. The City of Melton is now the major sponsor of this year's festival. In the presentation of Cheques held last Thursday 28th June by the Melton Council, the Mayor, Cr Bob Turner presented cheques to various other Organisations that share the $84, 000:00 Council grant. The Fijian Community Association of Victoria was blessed to be awarded a sponsorship of $8000:00 to help us present to you a bigger and better Fiji Day Celebration.

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Photo: Executive Committee Members Dr Shawn Ackers (Chairman - Projects and Business), Mr Eroni Lewaqai (Chairman - Religion, Language and Culture), Vonivate Driu (President - FCAV) joine by Committee member Ashwinita Ackers receive the cheque on behalf of FCAV to celebrate the 2018 Fiji Day Muti-Cultural Festival from the City of Melton Mayor, Cr Bob Turner joined by the Deputy Mayor Cr Ken Hardy and Cr Sophie Ramsay and other Councllors of the Melton Council.

Click on the link below for more stories on the 2018 Fiji Day:

UPCOMING EVENTS


​2018 FIJI ELECTION VOTER REGISTRATION - MELBOURNE

The Fijian Government is now pleading with all Fiji Citizens living overseas to take this opportunity and get to the Voter Registration venues in the second round of registration after requests was made by those who have missed out in registration conducted earlier. Fijians need to have a say in the the coming election and that is why it is important that they register.

CLICK on the link below for more on: 

2018 FIJI ELECTION VOTER REGISTRATION


ASSISTANCE RECOGNISED BY FIJI HIGH COMMISSION

The Fijian Community Association Victoria was recognised for it's work with other Organisations in Melbourne in the shipping of a 40 foot container full of flood and hurricane relief items destined to help Fijians who were affected by the recent flood and cyclones Keni and Josie.

In the farewell party to his Excellency, the Fiji High Commissioner Mr Yogesh Punja at the Melbourne Airport Club on Saturday 19th May, Mr Punja showed his appreciation to the Organisations recognising our commitment with Certificates of Appreciation.

FCAV will continue to step forward and work with other community organisations in future natural disasters when asked for assistance.

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2018 BULA NIGHT SUCCESS

The 2018 Bula Night was another success story to the many FCAV Organised functions given to the hard working community members who live in Melbourne. We are setting the standards in entertainment so that our community members can come and have a good time to mingle and network with other Community members and friends of Fiji who come because of their love and attachment to Fiji as a Nation and it's lovely people.

FCAV looks forward to their next big event, the Pasifika Night, which will be held on the 14th of July at the Noble Park Community Hall.

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More on the Bula Night, CLICK on the link below:

BULA NIGHT


2018 FCAV (PROJECTS & BUSINESS) SUB-COMMITTEE MEETS 

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The Fijian Community Association Victoria, FCAV (Projects & Business) sub committee chaired by Dr Shawn Ackers had it's first meeting on Thursday evening 15/03/2018 at the Taylor's Lakes Hotel to look into improving profitability and maximising returns for currently run FCAV projects and other proposed projects and business ventures that the Association has lined up for the future.

The meeting enlightened members the need to put together some projects in steps that will lead to the birth of FCAV's long term project which is to own or build a property for our Fijian community here in Victoria.

We were blessed to be accompanied by the CEO of Anthony's Group of Companies, Mr Gordon Anthony who shared some great and valuable ideas during our brain storming session for our long term project.

God bless FCAV

Photo: FCAV (Projects and Business) Sub-Committee dinner after the meeting. (L-R) Mrs Katarina Driu, Mr Martin Chanel, Mr Jotame Ratabua, Mr Gordon Anthony, Mr Vonivate Von Driu., Mr Gyanendra Reddy Dr Shawn Ackers, Mrs Ashwinita Ackers


FIJIAN YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES READY FOR MOOMBA PARADE

Bula vinaka all.

On Monday 12/03/2018, a Pacific contingent that includes our Fijian Community Youths will be marching down the streets of Melbourne in the Moomba Festival Grand parade.

More on our Youth activities, CLICK on the link below:

2018 MOOMBA FESTIVAL


ORDER YOUR LOVO FOOD

Go to our classified column to order your Lovo food:

 

ORDER YOUR LOVO


FCAV APPRECIATED FOR IT'S CONTRIBUTION

The Fijian Community Association Victoria President Mr Vonivate Tawase Driu received a Certificate of Appreciation on Wednesday 14th of February from the Mayor of Melton Council, Cr Bob Turner, for his contribution to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community Advisory Committee (CALDAC) at the Melton Council this evening.
CALDAC is an Advisory Committee consisting of migrant communities living within the Melton Municipality and promotes Diversity, Collaboration etc and looking after issues of the wider CALDAC community groups.

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Click on the link below to access information on the:

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO ACCESS INFORMATION ON:

2018 NEW FCAV COMMITTEE

 

2018 MELBOURNE MOOMBA FESTIVAL


​FCAV AGM - SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2018

 

Bula Vinaka ALL.

This is to remind you that our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for this Saturday 3rd February at the Melbourne Fijian Uniting Church Hall, 9 Burton Street, Chadstone at 7:30pm. 

We have had a successful year last year and we thank everyone for your support and participation in all activities and undertakings that FCAV was committed to. We are grateful and also wish to thank all non-members, individuals and Organisations who lend their support and allowing FCAV to work in collaboration with them to enable the successful delivery of our major events that we organised last year namely the Pasifika Night and the 2017 Melbourne Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival.

We invite everyone to attend our AGM (MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS) as it is important to build on where we left off from last year. Non-members who wish to join and be part of the good work that FCAV is doing to help our community are most welcome to attend. 

The Agenda for the meeting are as listed:

2018 FCAV AGM AGENDA

1. Prayer and Welcome

2. Activity Reports for the last year

3. Treasurer's Report

4. Election of Office Bearers (Executive Committee and Sub-Committees)

5. Closing

FCAV this year has participated in activities that directly concerns our Fijian Community namely visits to the sick and families who have lost loved ones, families and individual support services, educational supports, support for our visiting National Fijian Teams including visitors from Fiji and other places, support for families and Organisations with similar visions, Sports and Festival organisation for our community and Youths including Pasifika Night and 2018 Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival.

FCAV has also worked in collaboration with other Organisation to support their visions which are always similar to ours and have helped them achieve their purposes. We promote Diversity and hence our service and co-existence is not only limited to our community but to all other different communities living in Victoria.

We value each and everyone's participation as we are only here to serve our community which is a sacrifice by every members in terms of time, effort and money. Our work is served with passion and the love to help someone. FCAV is a Not-For-Profit organisation. Capacity Building is very important and is one of the most prioritised work of FCAV. With good capable people in the team, we are bound to help serve our purpose to the best of our ability.

Item 4 on our Agenda is the election of Office Bearers. Let us pray for a vibrant loving community with great leaders to lead us through this new year 2018. Invitation goes out to everyone who has the ability, time and love for community service. The election will be based on our FCAV Structure below:

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The Executive Committee will include:

1. President

2. Vice-President.

3. Secretary

4. Treasurer

5. (4 Chairman from the Sub-Committees)

The Sub-Committees includes the Chairperson and 3 members. The 4 Sub-Committees include:

1. FCAV Youth and Sports

2. FCAV Projects and Business.

3. FCAV Religion/Education/Language and Culture

4. Fundraising and Events

FCAV is positively looking at a great year 2018. We invite members of the Community who are willing to serve to join us and create a better environment for our kids and families. BE A MEMBER and serve in our Committees. Each of us has a unique part to play in serving our Community.
“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly pay check, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”― Vincent van Gogh

Wishing everyone well and may the result of the AGM bring in a better future for our Fijian Community.

 

Vonivate Tawase Driu

(President - FCAV)


BACK TO SCHOOL 2018

The first day of school is a major milestone in the life of any young person; one he/she is bound to regard with a curious mixture of feelings that could include anxiety, excitement, insecurity, hopefulness and of course fervent hopes that both homework loads and the cafeteria food will be manageable and enjoyable this year.

The  Fijian Community Association of Victoria wishes all school kids in our Community a happy and enjoyable year as they embark on another academic journey starting today, Tuesday 30th January 2018. We are here to support every kids looking to achieve the best results in this school year.

To parents who need support in giving extra tutorials and coaching for their kids, do not hesitate to contact us as we have the capacity now to build on our kids education to produce a knowledged Community.

Wishing you all the best in your studies.

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FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VICTORIA - CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

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Christmas is a time for unity and celebrations, it is the hope of the Fijian Community Association of Victoria that all Fijians living in Victoria, irrespective of race, colour and creed work together to enable us to create a loving and caring community. Christmas is celebrated right throughout the world to remember the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God. ​The name Christmas comes from the Mass of Christ. A Mass service which is sometimes called Communion is where Christians remember that Jesus died for us and then came back to life. The "Christ-Mass" shortened to "Christmas" is now celebrated around the world by Christians and also non-Christians as a time of giving and sharing love to family members and others and especially children who look forward to accepting gifts from parents during this time.

We Fijians have a unique way of celebrating Christmas. Families including extended families come together and celebrate Christmas leaving behind all differences and promote Love come Christmas Day. This Christmas Day, we the Fijian Community in Victoria, becomes a big extended family and should promote LOVE in our community setting aside differences and look forward to a new year where we can all work together and create a loving and caring community. There is no other better way in which we can promote unity and love looking forward to the new year, 2018, but to start with remembering the birth of Jesus Christ and the purpose of his birth and his life on earth. One of the reasons why Jesus Christ was born was because GOD wanted to reveal his own character to humanity. Let us live his character and persevere to live peacefully through our faith in him. Jesus was also born for God to redeem mankind. The Salvation of mankind was dependent on Jesus coming to earth and living a perfect life then dying as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world - for every disobedience by every man and woman who has ever lived. to God's righteous law. 

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. 

MAY YOU ALL HAVE HAPPINESS AND PEACE NOT JUST FOR THIS CHRISTMAS BUT FOR THE WHOLE ENTIRE YEAR AND BEYOND.

 

Vonivate Tawase DRIU

(President - Fijian Community Association Victoria)


2017 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Click on the link below to access information on the:

2017 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY MULTI "CULTURAL FESTIVAL"

 

THANK YOU GAELIC PARK MANAGEMENT

The President of the Fijian Community Association Victoria Mr Vonivate Driu is seen here presenting some Fijian artefacts to Ms Regan Screeche-Powell the Manager of Gaelic Park as a token of appreciation from the Fijian Community for the use of their property to celebrate the 2017 Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival after their meeting today, 19/10/2017.

Both parties are happy to continue the good relationship forged during the Fiji Day celebration. There has been lots of positive feedback coming back from almost everyone who attended the Festival regarding the venue.

Thank you Gaelic Park Management and thank you everyone for all your support

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FIJI DAY MESSAGE - PRESIDENT FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

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Fiji Day is usually a day of celebration for every Fijians. It marks the day Fijian people first raised our flag on Independence Day in 1970. 47 years today, we are still celebrating though some of us are asking why are we still celebrating Fiji Day. Some say that it is no longer a celebration for every Fijians. We are divided and many people in the Fijian community are not happy with the way our Nation has been governed since after the Military takeover.

Fijians in Victoria can play a major role in bringing Unity to the Fijian people living here calling Victoria home. We have little control on how our leaders rule our beloved Fiji. But we have full control on the way we want to live together as people from Fiji living in Victoria.

The Fiji Day theme has always been “Multi-Cultural FIJI” and hence the name 2017 Melbourne FIJI Day Multi-Cultural Festival. Of all Fiji Days that the Fijian Community Association Victoria has organised in the past, this year 2017 is the most joyous because we have opened a new chapter in our community that has allowed for opportunities to working together as one with different Organisations representing Fijians in Victoria. This is a new chapter in our life as members of the Fijian Community in Victoria offering great promise for every Victorian Fijians now and into the future.

On Sunday 07/10/17, we opened our Fiji Day celebration with the Fiji Day Church Service at the Clayton Hall. We are blessed in our Community to have so many men and women of God amongst us. We should thank the Almighty God for his many blessings because this year, the Fijian Community Association Victoria has been truly blessed looking at the achievements that has made us progress to a fully fledged vibrant Community Organisation working to unite all Fijians living in Victoria irrespective of their gender, age, religion or ethnic origin and achieve their full human potential, promote harmony and social cohesion and earn a reputation as a welcoming and caring community in our multi-cultural society.

We have so much promise as a Community and we have all of the elements needed for success. We are blessed to live in a Nation, Australia, that provides equal opportunities for everyone. I take this opportunity to thank the Australian Government, the Victorian State and it’s Institutions and the people of Australia for the support provided to the Fijian Community on issues relating to Education, Health, Social issues and many more. I believe that our Community’s greatest days lie ahead if we continue to move forward working together. Let us join hands and make this work for we owe this to ourselves and to generations to come, to finally achieve our full potential as a Community and make the Fijian Community in Victoria great.

I ask you all to be patriotic, to have a true sense of pride about Fiji and us as proud Fijians. We should sing the Fiji National Anthem with pride: “The land of Freedom, Hope and Glory”. We must Love each other as Fijians living in Victoria and we must not forget Fiji in our prayers.

May God bless us all in our efforts to create a better Fijian Community here in Victoria and May God bless Fiji.

Thank You, Vina Du Valevu, Bahoot Dhanyavaad.

 

Vonivate Tawase Driu

(President – Fijian Community Association Victoria)


2017 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT TROPHY NAMED AFTER DONOR - "RAVULO PERPETUAL BOWL"

Former Vice Principal of Queen Victoria School, the late Mr Elemaca Ravulo's family has given it's blessings to today's 2017 Melbourne Fiji Day Golf Tournament after the Organiser's, The Fijian Community Association Victoria, decided to name the Trophy to him.

The well polished traditionally crafted Fijian Tanoa was donated by the late Mr Elemaca Ravulo to the Association to be competed for during it's Annual Melbourne Fiji Day Golf Tournament before he passed away this year after a short illness.

Mr Ravulo donated the Tanoa at the request of the FCAV President, Mr Vonivate Tawase Driu, who was his classmate at Queen Victoria School in Tailevu and a long time friend. The Trophy is now officially named the "RAVULO PERPETUAL BOWL".

The Tournament kicks-off today, Saturday 07/10/17, at 12 mid-day with more than 50 Fijian Golfers and friends getting together to celebrate Fiji Day playing Golf in Melbourne. Melbourne Airport Golf Club is hosting this year's Tournament.

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WESTERN UNION SUPPORTS 2017 FIJI DAY FESTIVAL

The Fijian Community Association Victoria is grateful to be supported by Western Union for the upcoming Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival. Western Union believes in supporting and giving back to the community.

A BIG VINAKA VAKALEVU WESTERN UNION for your timely support.

 

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2017 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY SOCCER TOURNAMENT

 

SOCCER LOVERS - SOCCER INCLUDED AS PART OF FESTIVAL

 

The Fijian Community Association in Victoria is proud to announce the involvement of the Australian Indian Innovations Inc. as sponsors of the 2017 Melbourne Fiji Day Soccer Tournament. We welcome them on board and are very grateful for keeping to their name by showing innovation with the ultimate aim of keeping our Fijian Community united and come together as one during the Fiji Day celebration.

We thank the President, Mr Yogesh Lakshman, Secretary, Mr Babu Akula and the AIII Committee for accepting our request to be part of the Festival.

 

For more information on the Soccer Tournament, click on the FCAV Website link below:

 

http://fijianassociationvic.com/


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2017 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY GOLF CUP

 

GOLFERS - THE MELBOURNE FIJI DAY GOLF CUP IS BACK

Do you want to be part of the 2017 Melbourne Fiji Day Golf Cup? REGISTER NOW.
This year's Tournament will be played at the same venue as last year, The Melbourne Airport Golf Club.

 
Details:
 
VENUE: Melbourne Airport Golf Club
DAY Saturday
DATE: 07/10/2017
TIME: 11:30 am REGISTRATION
12:00 Mid-Day SHORT GUN START
JOIN US and grow your network in our Community.
 
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​YOUNG ROBERT VALETINI EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH ACT BRUMBIES

​18 year old Robert Valetini is an example of a Melbourne based Fijian boy making a name in the game that he loved and proudly supported by his parents Mrs Finau Valetini, and Mr Manu Valetini and his siblings. The Valetinis are members of the Fijian Community Association Victoria (FCAV) with hard working mum, Finau being it's current Vice-President.

Melbourne-born Valetini was signed by the Brumbies at the commencement of the 2017 Super Rugby season as one for the future amid high praise of his exploits in schoolboy rugby.

Valetini had impressed playing for the Rebels U20 side in the Super-20 competition of 2016, helping the team to the Grand Final and putting himself on notice with his strong running, impressive handling and high work-rate.

The FCAV supports Robert Valetini and his family and wishes them well to a big and brighter future.

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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.

Click on the link below to access information on the:

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

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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

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“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

 

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PASIFIKA NIGHT - Saturday JULY 29

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MORE DETAILS WILL BE ADVERTISED SOON!
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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.

 

 

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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

 

 

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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

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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:

MORE ON THE STORY, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

 1966 WINNING "MASI" 

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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.

 

 

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MEET YOUR NEWLY ELECTED 2017 FCAV COMMITTEE

 

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

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DR Eta RAICEBE - MBChB DCH MPH FRACP

 

2016 FIJI DAY GOLF CUP REPORT - MELBOURNE VICTORIA

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TO VIEW REPORT, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

 2016 FIJI DAY GOLF CUP "REPORT" 

 

2016 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY CELEBRATION PROGRAM

FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL PROGRAM

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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)

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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

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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.  

 

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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 
 

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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

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TESTIMONIES: Former Wallaby - Mr Ilivasi Tabua

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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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

 

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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.....

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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

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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.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

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 abc RADIO INTERVIEW 

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.

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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)

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

 

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW to see photos of the 2015 MELBOURNE FIJI DAY MULTI-CULTURAL FESTIVAL:

 

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.

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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.

God bless us all
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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)

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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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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 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.

Click on the link below for more information:

PACIFIC ARTS FESTIVAL 

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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.

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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.

Click on the link below for more information:

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.

Click on the link below for more information:

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.

For more information, click on the link below:

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.

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FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VISITS MOURNING FAMILY

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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

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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

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 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)

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PRESIDENT THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT 

Fijian Community Association Victoria Fundraising Dinner

Presidents Speech

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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!