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2017 PASIFIKA NIGHT

2017 PASIFIKA NIGHT

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.

Firstly, a heartfelt thanks to our Vice-President, Mrs Finau Valetini and the Fijian Womens Frienship Group, Monash for securing the use of the hall on behalf of FCAV.

Thank you to all members and non-members who volunteered to cook on the night, prepare deserts, provide soft drinks and water and donate it for a worthy cause.

The delicious varieties of Island food donated by Mr and Mrs Lewaqai, Ms Makelesi Morrell, Ackers family, Driu Family, Nabalarua family, Ms Naomi Duaka, Ms Tema Galala, Mr Dauniyasawa Tawake, Valetini family, Ms Jimaima Maca, Mr and Mrs Ross and Mr Kaitani were just fantastic that guests came back for seconds.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our Guest Speaker, Mr Anthony Sofe. We were marveled with your speech that opened our hearts and minds. Your encouragement and winning attitude inspired and reassured us that we can achieve Bigger and Better things through Unity with God leading us. Thank you for your stimulating speech and we look forward to your valuable contribution in the future.

A special Thank You goes out to the Melbourne Rebels for their support in donating a signed jersey and rugby ball to be auctioned on the night in aid of an FCAV member currently battling cancer. The attendance of Rugby player Siliva Siliva and Marketing & Communications Manager, Demelza Fellowes was greatly appreciated by many.

A very special thank you to all our Performers and Cultural Dance Groups who entertained us. Everyone raved about how great all the performances were. The fundraiser would not have been a success if it wasn’t for your vibrant and lively performances. Thank you to James Henry, President of the Cook Islands Community Services for your support and thank you to the Te Mana O Porinetia Dance Troupe for the magnificent cultural performances. Thank You to the Samoan Victims Support Group for supporting our fundraiser and 3DC Dance Crew for the unique and beautiful cultural performances. Thank you also for involving your little angels to participate at the event. They were surely the stars of the show. Thank you to Nuholani and Tama Tatau for the usual vibrant performances that blew everyone away. Thank you to Filomena and Nesian Pearls for the beautiful and admirable Samoan cultural dances. Thank you to the Island Breeze Rugby Plus boys for the beautiful contemporary Fijian meke, Thank you to Pallavy Reddy for the magnificent Bollywood dance and a big vinaka vakalevu to our very own Fijian girls for the beautiful contemporary Fijian Meke performances and Tongan Tauolunga dance. We are so proud of you girls and how much you have grown in the short period of time you all met and started rehearsing for this event.

Thank you to all our raffle prizes sponsors-The Reach For Your Future Foundation, Ms Irma Singh, Ashwinita and Shaun Ackers, Saadia and Michael Elder, Driu family and Mr Martin Chanel.

Thank you to the Master of Ceremonies, Mr Simi Kaitani, for a job well done. Your sense of humour and professional persona was truly evident and consistent throughout the entire evening.

Thank you to Mr Eroni Lewaqai for a great job in coordinating the auction for cancer victim, Mr Viliame Ross.

Thank you to DJ Ash and Mr Inoke Buli of the My Tribe band for the great music entertainment.

Thank you to all our volunteers on the night in particular, to Mr Viliame and Mrs Rosie Ross who were at the hall from 10am in the morning to help with setting up and decorating the hall, cooking in the kitchen and catering at night. Your dedication and commitment is invaluable and we are forever grateful! Thank you to Mereani and Finau Valetini for decorating and setting up the hall. Thank you to Mr Manu Valetini for preparing the lovo. Thank you to Saadia Elder, Gyanendra and Anjana Reddy for helping out at last minute request on the night. Your generosity in volunteering on the night, making a few trips to the shop and donating soft drinks and snacks for the kids and then helping out in the kitchen really meant a lot to us. Thank you to our families and friends from Sydney and Sale who came to support and volunteer on the night. Thank you Ms Jimaima, Filipe, Asena and Katrina, Temalesi, Naomi, Esther, Jade, Jasmin, Pallavi, Anita, Kate, Lai and Eni for all your hard work on the night and service with a smile which made a lot of difference.

Last but not least, the ATTENDEES-Thank you to the Members of the Australian Indo Fijian Association Victoria, Dhadkan Media Entertainment group, Reach For Your Future Foundation, Brother Gordon Stanley Smith and the fellow Brothers from the Redemptorist Formation House in Kew, Yasana O Ba Malevani, Melbourne Fiji Rugby, Island Breeze Rugby Plus and everyone else that attended the fundraiser for a great cause. Without your attendance, the fundraiser would not have been a success so THANK YOU.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Vinaka vakalevu

Katarina Driu
Secretary

​2017 PASIFIKA NIGHT:

This year's Pasifika Night was held on Saturday the 29th of July at the Clayton Hall, Clayton, Victoria. It pulled in a full capacity crowd that celebrated the Night with lively Cultural Dances, Delicious Food and Great music. It is the first time that the Fijian Community Association Victoria has Organised this Night dedicated to the Pacific Islands, especially our neighbours in the Pacific who have been invited to support us as we embark on a Fundraising Drive to match them in the construction or purchase of a building for the Fijian Community living in Victoria.

The success of the 2017 Pasifika Night is the result of individuals, Organisations and different Communities coming together in Unity giving their time and money to support the Fijian Community. The Fijian Community values Diversity and is happy to work together with other Community Groups by partnership or collaborative work to ensure that we create a healthy working environment working together addressing community issues that affect our members on a daily basis. FCAV is an Organisation that is Inclusive and accepts everyone irrespective of the differences that we have. It showed on the Night when we were able to accommodate everyone in one Hall and offer them the real Fijian Hospitality that Fijians are always known for.

After this year's successful Event, the Executive Committee of FCAV are now contemplating running this event Annually. So keep a lookout for the next Pasifika Night and be ready to grab the opportunity to book tickets as the next Pasifika Night will be much bigger and will provide the best Pacific Island Entertainers that they can offer.