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2016 FINANCIAL REPORT

Fijian Community Association Victoria (FCAV)
2016 Financial Statements

Profit and Loss Statement Operational Account
INCOME

Opening Balance as at 01 January 2016                                                                                 165.50
Fundraising Activities
Cyclone Winston Appeal Fundraiser                                                                                       3,100.00
Fiji Day Dance                                                                                                                            2,100.00
Fiji Day Stall Fees                                                                                                                      3,600.00
Grants and Donations
Metro Trains (Fiji Day Sponsor)                                                                                                  500.00
Victorian Multicultural Commission                                                                                        4,000.00
Other Income
Covino Farm (FCAV Member Contributions)                                                                             615.50
Fiji Golf                                                                                                                                           250.00
The Shannon Co. (Commercial Advertisement)                                                                       500.00
TOTAL INCOME                                                                                              14.831.00

                                                            EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR

Fiji Red Cross (Telegraphic Transfer)                                                                                       (3,030:00)
Fiji Day Expenses                                                                                                                        (8,280.00)
FCAV Break Up Dinner                                                                                                                   (738.70)
TOTAL EXPENDITURE                                                                                      -12,048.70

NET OPERATION PROFIT AS AT 31 DECEMBER 16                                                     $2,782.30

Note: Total stall fees $4200. However, 2 stall holders paid to savings account.

                Consolidated Cash Flow Statement for the year ended 31 December 2016
Cash flows from membership fees
Opening cash flow at beginning of the year                                              165.50                       165.50
Total membership fees in savings a/c as at 31 Dec 2016                 11,337.45                  11,337.45
Cash flows from fundraising activities
Proceeds from Cyclone Winston Appeal fundraiser                               3,100.00
Payment to Fiji Red Cross                                                                         -3,030.00
Net cash provided by fundraising activities                                70.00                         70.00

Cash flows from Fiji Day Activities
Grants - Victorian Multicultural Commission                                           4,000.00
Metro Trains                                                                                                     500.00
Proceeds from fundraising dance door sales                                          2,100.00
Proceeds from Fiji Day Stall Fees                                                              3,600.00
Fiji Day Expenses                                                                                         -8280.00
Net cash provided by fundraising activities                                   1,920.00                     1920.00

Cash flows from other activities
Covino Farms (FCAV members contribution)                                             615.50
Fiji Golf                                                                                                             250.00
The Shannon Co.                                                                                            500.00
Payment to Watergardens Hotel for FCAV Break Up Dinner                    -738.70
                                                                                                                          626.80                          626.80
Total Cash at the end of the year as at 31 December 2016                             $14,119.75


2016 FIJI DAY GOLF CUP REPORT

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 2016 FIJI DAY GOLF CUP "REPORT" 


FARM WORK PROJECT REPORT - SALE, VICTORIA

 

Vonivate Tawase Driu

Co-ordinator (Fijian Community Association Victoria (FCAV))

19/07/2016

 

  1. SUMMARY

This project was undertaken to provide the Fijian Community in Victoria employment opportunities for its members.

As the then President of the Fijian Community Association of Victoria, I saw this as an opportunity for the Association to also be involved in this project to build on its reputation and serve its mission especially in the area of “income stability” for Fijian families in our community needing extra income to help look after their families better. Also, it was seen as an opportunity for the Association to boost its memberships by signing in participating non-members to become members.

At the end of the “Farm Work Project”, the participants were all given full-time employment with their employer; Covino Farms under the Horticultural award and at the same time become members making voluntary deductions on their weekly income to the Fijian Community Association Victoria. 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

1.0       Summary

2.0       Introduction

3.0       How it started?

4.0       Resources

            4.1       Human Resources

            4.2       Starting Capital

            4.3       Accommodation, Transport and Support

                        4.3.1   Accommodation

                        4.3.2   Transport

                        4.3.3   Support

5.0       Work with Contractor

5.1       Employment details

            5.2       Accommodation

            5.3       Challenges

6.0       Work with Employer

            6.1       Transition

            6.2       Employment Details

            6.3       Accommodation

            6.4       Challenges

7.0       Financials and Contribution

            7.1       Sponsorships to FCAV

            7.2       FCAV Membership

            7.3       Total Financial Contribution

            7.4       Other Contribution to FCAV

8.0       Conclusion

9.0       Appendix

10.0    References

 

2.0    INTRODUCTION

Addressing the problems of the Fijian Community living in Victoria is the role of all our different community organizations and their leaders; whether it is Church organization, Sports Organization and Social Clubs or the Fijian Community Organization as a whole. Like all other communities, we all have similar problems that we face together and these problems include drugs and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancies, poverty, jobs or unemployment, affordable housing and the list goes on.

The “Farm Work Project” was an initiative that was started to help some of our Fijian community members gain employment and help them take home extra money enough for them to enjoy with their families after paying off their bills, rent, traffic fines and other expenses. With income stability, it was viewed that this would help address some major issues that have embedded themselves as problems in our societies like unemployment, child abuse and neglect, poverty and violence to name a few. Also, one of the target groups were our youths. Engaging our youth members with such a project would teach them a lot of things in life and help them stay away from problems like drugs, alcohol abuse and criminal activities.

Finding an ideal place to launch the project was a challenge as there were 2 major concerns regarding:

  1. Distance – the need to keep participants close to their families
  2. Timing – giving ample time for participants who have families to do their planning

A few other issues that needed to be addressed to put the project in motion include:

  • Finding employers within Victoria
  • Getting community members in need of work
  • Providing accommodation
  • Providing transportation
  • Having the initial start up capital

All these issues above are discussed in the body of the report.

 

3.0    HOW IT STARTED?  

Negotiation to start work at a farm in Sale, Victoria started in a little Central Queensland town called Emerald in April, 2015 while spending my holidays in this little township working at the farm and living with this beautiful couple Amelia and Molo who are originally from Tonga with a friend Semi Seruvakula. The real purpose of this getaway was to find out what was God’s purpose in my life when I reach the age of 50 which I celebrated on the 28th of October, 2015. (See Appendix A taken from my Diary) A contractor, Mark’s Harvesting, operated in farms around Emerald and other farming communities in Queensland. He was awarded a contract to begin harvesting work with Covino Farms in Sale, Victoria. While looking for workers, a friend who was working under him (Contractor) got into contact and setup a meeting where issues regarding labour hire, starting time, accommodation, type of work, work conditions and pay were discussed. Mark’s Harvesting needed 20 people to start in 2 weeks from the time of discussion. Work at the Covino Farms started on Saturday the 30th of May 2015. (http://fijianassociationvic.com/)

 

4.0    RESOURCES

4.1    Human Resources

Looking for members of the community needing work in the short time frame given was a difficult task. Aggressive advertising was done through the Fijian Community Association Victoria website and Facebook page looking for community members to work as farm labourers. Through these advertisements,14 community members were able to begin work at Sale with 6 members coming from the YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Organisation. Of the remaining 8 community members, all of them were not members of the Fijian Community Association Victoria (FCAV). A list of the pioneering members can be seen on Appendix B,

Before the “Farm Work” project began FCAV had a total of 10 Financial Members and 9 non-active members mostly those that joined as SODELPA members but were now transferred as FCAV members.

(The FCAV had no members at the time to start work on this project.)

Mr Sio Lula from the YWAM, one of the pioneers of this project picking tomatoes.

4.2    Starting Capital

In order to start up such a big project, there has to be a starting capital to enable the initial setup to start smoothly and without hiccups. Community members accepting the offer to work would need accommodation, transport, food, electricity, gas and water to ensure that they stay and continue working because they are happy with their work conditions and the conditions they live in.

Starting capital set for this project was: $12; 000:00

Contribution:

Project Co-ordinator (Personnel) - $12; 000:00

Fijian Community Association Victoria - $0:00

(The FCAV did not have the funds to contribute to the project.)

 

4.3    Accommodation, Transport and Support

4.3.1 Accommodation

Accommodation provided initially were 2 fully furnished 3 bedroom properties. The houses had all amenities and household items including flat screen TVs, microwave, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, furniture items like beds, sofas and dining tables right down to blankets, pillows, bedsheets, kitchen utensils including pots, frying pans, electric kettles, eating utensils and food that should be replaced when vacated. Our community members that came to work only need to bring their bags of clothes. Everything else was provided for them.

Initially, the houses were written under the contractor Mark’s Harvesting as the leasee before it was transferred under the name of the Fijian Community Association Victoria mainly to safeguard eviction notices issued to them from continuous late rent payments from the Contractor and also to enable them to take care of their own responsibility.

The rent charged for each person was $10/day.

Property 1: Address - 58 Fairway Avenue, Golden Beach, Sale – Rent $260/week

Property 2: Address -  9 Sea Breeze, Golden Beach, Sale – Rent $300/week

Members enjoying the comfort of living in one of the fully-furnished accomodation.

4.3.2 Transport

Initially, the Contractor (Mark Harvesting) was supposed to provide the transport. The distance between the Train Station/Sale to Golden Beach where the accommodation were is estimated to be a little above 50km approximately and distance from the Covino Farm to Golden Beach is around 40km. There was a definite need for Transportation to transport workers to and from work as well as to the Train Station and to the Shopping Centres, Laundry, Post Office etc. located in Sale. Transport used were:

  1. Personnel – A 4-wheel drive Ford Escape belonging to the Project Co-ordinator used initially to setup accommodation and bringing workers to and from the Sale Train Station/Sale to Golden Beach. This was offered for free to help workers settle down first.
  2. When work started after almost 2 weeks of setting up (Covino Farms needed time to check details of all workers), an 8-seater Toyota Tarago belonging to Mrs Katarina Driu was hired at $120/week and workers were paying $5/day/person to transport them to work.

 

(Note – initially, there was only 1 worker that had his own transport. The Contractor also had a car that helped whenever needed in Transporting workers to and from Work)

 

4.3.3 Support

 

Some of the support given to workers during the initial setup stage include:

  1. First week rent for both properties as workers haven’t started work yet. Mark’s Harvesting (Contractor) paid half the rent of the two properties occupied while the Project Co-ordinator paid the other half. (1 week’s rent for both properties totalled $560)
  2. Workers (especially those from the YWAM) complained that they had no more food supplies as they were relying on their pay to buy food. Because they did not work for the first week, they did not get paid and there was no money. The Co-ordinator helped provide the shopping for all occupants amounting to approximately $300/property totalling $600 for both properties.
  3. Fuel costs of Transport for workers from the Farm to the accommodation and also picking up workers from the Train Station to the accommodation was met by the Co-ordinator. At one instance, a worker from Sydney had no money to pay for his Transport from Sydney to Sale was paid for by the Co-ordinator and reimbursed later when he got paid. He was desperate for work.
  4. Members were not being paid on time by the Contractor. I see it as my responsibility as a Co-ordinator of this project that members are paid on time. Wages for one week would amount in between $7,000:00 to $10,000:00. When this arises (normal occurence every week) I as the Co-ordinator would pay the members wages from my own money and the Contractor would reemburse me when he gets paid from the employer. At times falling short and then paid in full on the next pay week.

 

7.0    FINANCIALS AND CONTRIBUTION

7.1    Sponsorship to the FCAV 

The Fijian Community Association Victoria was privileged to receive a sum of $500 from Covino Farms as sponsorship to the FCAV Organised Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival 2015 held at the Footscray Arts and Cultural Centre, Footscray.

Presentation of cheque from Covino Finance Manager to FCAV as sponsorship to the 2015 Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival

 

7.2    Membership

 

The project registered a total of 20 new members and details of their contributions are as listed below:

            MEMBERS                            MEMBER FEE         CONTRIBUTION      TOTAL                       

1.0       Jone Dalituicama                 $25:00                        $40:00                        $65:00

2.0       Alisi Koroi                              $25:00                        $25:00                        $50:00

3.0       E.P. Koroi                              $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

4.0       Temalesi Lagi                       $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

5.0       Eroni Lewaqai                      $25:00                        $10:00                        $35:00

6.0       Mereoni & Marika                 $50:00                        $40:00                        $90:00

7.0       Rina Emily                             $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

8.0       Jone Ratulevu                      $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

9.0       Emily Sutherland                 $25:00                        $10:00                        $35:00

10.0    Ilivasi Tabua                          $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

11.0    Waqa Baravilala                   $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

12.0    Rusila Tamanisau               $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

13.0    Seremaia Tamanisau          $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

14.0    Vonivate Tawase                 $25:00                        $240:00                      $265:00

15.0    Sai & Stacey                         $50:00                        $00:00                        $50:00

16.0    Patemosi Masivou               $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

17.0    Vika Nawai                            $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

18.0    Sio Lula                                 $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

19.0    Timoci Vuki                           $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

20.0    Chris Morahan                     $25:00                        $00:00                        $25:00

 

TOTAL CONTRIBUTION                                                                                        $915:00

 

(The above does not include members weekly contribution - this contribution from members was done when they were still under the Contractor)

 

7.3    Total Financial Contribution to FCAV

Covino Farms Fiji Day 2015 Sponsorship:          $500:00

Membership:                                                             $915:00

Members weekly contribution:

Deposit 1: (12/10/2015)                                           $300:00

Deposit 2 (02/12/2015)                                            $315:00

Deposit 3 (04/05/2016)                                            $615:00

Note: The weekly deduction of $5/member was deducted directly from the Employer, Covino Farms, after members have signed in the "Authorization for Voluntary Payroll Deduction.

 

TOTAL CONTRIBUTION TO DATE:                   $2,645:00

7.4    Other Contribution to FCAV

FCAV members from Sale have also participated at the:

  1. FCAV Break-Up Party contributing financially to our member Mr Tony Lagicere and Family who were farewelled on the night.
  2. Community work participating in the promotion of Fijian Dance and Music at functions
  3. Contributing Financially at Fijian community fundraising events.
  4. Members working at Covino Farms also participated in the Fiji Day Multi-Cultural Festival (Fire Dance and Hawaiian Dance)
  5. Reguregu contribution to deaths in our community.

 

8.0    CONCLUSION

 

The Farm Work Project designed to help the unemployed members of our community get employment to help them financially was a success. Every members who remained until the transition from working under the contractor Mark’s Harvesting to Covino Farms were given the contract to work as full-time casuals for the company earning a rate of $21.60/ hour, the basic salary given under the Horticultural award.

Families and individuals have now found homes in Sale and at Golden Beach. The houses were transferred under their names from the Fijian Community Association Victoria. As of today, the FCAV owes no rent and bills from the Real Estate, utility companies or from any other companies or individuals.

All decisions made by the Co-ordinator on the successful running of this big project was done on the best interest of the Association and keeping in line with the project’s aims and objectives.

 

9.0    Appendix

 

10.0  Reference

 

  1. Robyn Toogod Real Estate

18 Surf Edge Drive

Golden Beach VIC 3851

Phone: 03 5146 3377

Email: robyn@90milebeach.com.au

 

  1. Mark’s Harvesting

Phone: 0411482690

 

  1. Covino Farms

631 Seaspray Road

Longford VIC 3851

Phone: (03) 5149 9200

 

Any querries or further information, please contact the Corordinator, Mr Vonivate Tawase Driu on 0420848896 or email: vtawase@hotmail.com

 

END OF REPORT

 


FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VICTORIA 2014/2015 ANNUAL

REPORT

 

Our mission

To be the virtual center of providing community support services that will enhance and empower the quality of life of Fijian Australians living in Victoria through Language and Culture, Spiritual and Holistic development, Education, Social Cohesion, Sports, Healthy Living and Income Stability.

Our vision

To unite and build a better Fijian community in Victoria irrespective of their gender, age, religion or ethnic background, and achieve our full human potential, promote harmony and social cohesion and earn a reputation that we Fijians are well known for-a welcoming and caring community in our multicultural society.

Our values

Culture

We value and respect our rich culture and are proud of our heritage that promotes respect, dignity and harmony.

Holistic Approach

To meet the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional needs of individuals that need it.

Partnership

We are committed at forging partnerships with other organisations that share similar goals and objectives and will help us achieve our mission.

Diversity

We accept and embrace diversity through our commitment to work together with people from different backgrounds.

SECTION 1 - AN OVERVIEW OF FCAV

ABOUT US

 Bula Vinaka!

 The Fijian Community Association Victoria Incorporation (FCAV) is a not for profit organisation that was registered on the 13th of November, 2014. It was formed by a group of Fijians who were inspired to form an association for Fijians living in Victoria and pursue a new approach based on engagement, unity and building respectful and right relationships.  Our vision is to unite and build a better Fijian community in Victoria irrespective of their gender, age, religion or ethnic background, and achieve our full human potential, promote harmony and social cohesion and earn a reputation that we Fijians are well known for-a welcoming and caring community in our multicultural society.

We Fijians are proud of our culture and tradition which exemplifies mutual respect, harmony and discipline and FCAV is committed to reconnect Australian Fijians with our culture, tradition and values and establish contacts with other ethnic groups.

 

OUR PURPOSE

To provide community support services to our members and the rest of the Fijian community in Victoria and help them achieve   their full potential through education, sports, holistic approach, social cohesion, healthy living and income stability.

#To promote and reconnect Australian Fijians with their culture as well as educate the wider Australian community about the      Fijian culture and tradition that promotes respect, unity and harmony.

 

OUR FUTURE

Consolidate the strategic vision of moving towards a secure and viable future for the association.

 

 OUR LONG TERM GOAL

 To purchase a property for our Fijian community.

 

OUR PEOPLE 

Board members

 

Name

Position

Dates acted

VonivateTawaseDriu

President

25/10/14

Yisrael Avraham

Vice-President

31/01/15

Max Knight

Treasurer

31/01/15

Katarina Driu

Secretary

25/10/14

WaisakeRadrodro

Member

31/01/15

Sarah Kynaston

Member

31/01/15

TepolaRaicebe

Member

25/10/2014

 

FCAV Members

 

 

 

First Name

Surname

First Name

Surname

 

 

Yisrael

Avrahim(Financial member)

Jone

                             Ratulevu

 

 

 

Waqa

Baravilala

Makelesi

                              Roberts

 

 

 

Meri

Beraki

Fredrick

                                    Rokodovu

 

 

 

Mere                          

Sylvia

 

Bolawaqatabu

Coombe(Financial member)

Viliame

                          Ross

 

 

 

Jone

Dalituicama

Vasimaca

                         Salabogi

 

 

 

Suliasi

Dau

Jowana

              Sautu(Financial member)

 

 

 

Monika

Doosjen(Financial member)

Simione

                        Seciwaqa

 

 

 

Katarina and Von

Driu(Financial member)

Lela

                         Seruvakula

 

 

 

Audrey

Dropsy

Millie

                          Seruvakula

 

 

 

Rocky

Fullman(Financial member)

Sefanaia

                          Seviua

 

 

 

Sisi

Howard(Financial member)

Iliesa

                          Sevudredre

 

 

 

Simi

Kaitani

Charlotte

                          Sophia

 

 

 

Max

Knight(Financial member)

Emily

                           Sutherland

 

 

 

Alisi

Koroi

Ilivasi

                          Tabua

 

 

 

E.P

Koroi

Mele

                          Tabualevu

 

 

 

Sarah

Kynaston(Financial member)

Rusila

                          Tamanisau

 

 

 

Temalesi

Lagi

Seremaia

                          Tamanisau

 

 

 

Tony D

Lagicere

Usaia

                         Tawakevou

 

 

 

Tukana

Levaci(Financial member)

Vonivate

           Tawase(Financial member)

 

 

 

Susana

Levaci

Salaima

                           Tuisowaqa

 

 

 

Eroni

Leweqai

Vatimi

                                             Uluinakauvadra

 

 

 

Mereoni and

Marika

Kesa

                    Vakamalolo

 

 

 

Ifereimi

Nadore

Emele

     Waqanisau(Financial member)

 

 

 

Ratu

Qaranivalu

Robin

                       Waqausa

 

 

 

Waisake

Radrodro(Financial member)

Mere

                        Yakopo

 

 

 

Mr and Mrs.

Raicebe

 

 

 

Lote

Raikabula

 

 

 

Rina

Ranawai

 

 

 

Jotame

Ratabua(Financial member)

 

               

SECTION 2 - REPORTS

 PRESIDENT'S REPORT

                                       Building a Better Fijian Community in Victoria

 

I am proud to present our first annual report for 2014/2015. Our achievements are to be celebrated. The first year of the newly formed Fijian Community Association in Victoria has been busy, productive and the committee established a thorough and far reaching strategic plan. Before I proceed, I would like to thank everyone who welcomed and supported me into the role of President. It has been a humbling and rewarding experience to lead and serve the Fijian community and the challenges ahead will be exciting however, the support from the committee of management, members and the rest of the Fijian community has enabled a smooth transition and I thank you all very much.

 

As we approach another year, I think it is appropriate to look back and consider some of our major issues and achievements. The richness and diversity of this newly formed Fijian Association in Victoria continues to amaze me and we have so much to celebrate and remember last year.

We are privileged to be supported by other community non profit organisations such as Island Breeze Rubgy Plus and the Reach 4 Your Future Foundation who share similar goals and objectives in improving the lives of our people both in Fiji and here in Australia. Our advocacy efforts and our service delivery have been characterised by a strong theme of collaboration and such partnerships have demonstrated the benefits of working together to tackle entrenched disadvantage and build a better Fijian community in Victoria.

I particularly would like to acknowledge our tireless Board members and volunteers for their incredible commitment and support in providing excellent community services to the Fijian community in Victoria. The biggest thank you is for our Fijian community without whom FCAV would not exist. You are our clients, volunteers and staff. In unity and working together, we will rise to face challenges and achieve the best possible outcomes for our Fijian community living in Victoria.

I would also like to thank our donors, corporate sponsors and individuals who have supported us this year.

To keep up-to-date with the activities and programs of the Fijian Community Association Victoria, follow us via Facebook or visit www.fijianassociationvic.com

 

Thank You!

VonivateTawase Driu

President

 

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Welcome to the 1st Secretary’s Report of the Fijian Community Association Victoria (FCAV). My position plays a critical role in fostering communication and diligence through proper management and utilization of important records and has wide-ranging responsibilities. However, 2015 has been a fun, rewarding and sociable experience. I have learned new skills and have also developed a passion about building a better Fijian community in Victoria.

I acknowledge our hard working committee. It takes significant sacrifice and it is also a credit to our culture that we have such quality people willing to contribute their time freely to help develop FCAV.  I believe that the strength of any organisation is found in its people and I am proud of what we have achieved in our first year as a result of our great people. To members and non-members that have also actively participated and supported the committee throughout the year, Thank You! Never underestimate the impact that your involvement will have on our community. These are memories that live for a lifetime.

I would encourage all Fijians living in Victoria to become more actively involved in the activities of our newly formed Fijian association and enjoy the experiences as well as the benefits in the long run.

I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support. In particular, our major sponsors:

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Melton Council
Covino Farms
Metro Trains Melbourne

A community organisation of this size cannot function without this continued support. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with you all.

We are small, but we have big goals, bigger hearts, and there are lots of things to do for our Fijian Community in Victoria and membership is crucial to our success. I look forward to the continued growth and new initiatives within the association next year.

God Bless!

Katarina Matilda Driu

Secretary

 

OUR OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES

A non-aligned, a-political, not for profit, community organisation

The Fijian Community Association Victoria (FCAV) is a non-aligned, a-political not-for-profit community organisation that has a vision to unite and build a better Fijian community in Victoria and to be the virtual provider of providing community support services that will empower and enhance the quality of life for Fijian Australians living in Victoria.

How will FCAV achieve its objectives?

FCAV will act in a proactive way, responding in a positive manner to community issues and will operate within a framework of respect and tolerance for others. It aims to be socially inclusive and supportive of a healthy sustainable community, embracing cultural and ethnic diversity.

What has FCAV achieved?

Community Support

  • Spiritual & Holistic Development-Interdenominational church service, Sunday School Rally & Youth Rally.
  • 2015 Fiji Day Multicultural Festival-Inaugural Fiji Day Multicultural Festival was a success!
  • Donations-Donated household goods and other necessities to 2 Fijian families in need and assisted the settlement of 2 Fijian International students and donated household goods to them as well.
  • “Reguregu”- FCAV members visited and paid their respects to Fijian families who lost their loved ones.
  • Sports-Sponsored a Fijian Melbourne Rebels teen rugby player.
  • Home Visits-Home visits to members and non members that needed support, visited our Fijian elders in aged care and those that were sick, visited Fijian youths at the YWAM base in Box Hill who are privileged to be here in Melbourne through the Island Breeze Rugby Plus program.
  • Support International students-Provided assistance to newly arrived Fijian International students and assisted a family who had successfully completed their studies and returned to Fiji in December 2015.
  • Community Involvement-Participated in other community events including the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival and the Melbourne 7s International Rugby tournament.
  • Supported other non-profit organizations including Island Breeze Rugby plus and Reach 4 Your Future Foundation.
  • Employment-Through the initiative of FCAV President, 20 Fijians are now employed full time with Covino Farms in Sale.

Projected Activities for 2015

  • Actively build new partnerships and associations for the benefit of our Fijian community.
  • Language and Culture- Reconnect Australian Fijians with their language and culture as well as educate the wider Australian community about our rich cultural heritage.
  • Implement innovative and challenging projects.

SUPPORT FOR OUR STUDENTS (INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL) AND VISITORS:

HOME VISITS:

COMMUNITY SUPPORT:

REGUREGU - MEMBERS MEET BEFORE PROCEEDING TO PAY RESPECT:

SPIRITUAL & HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT REPORT

Ni sa bula vinaka.  It was an honour and privilege to serve the association this year to be the facilitator of the Spiritual and Holistic Development section. I volunteered my services because I believe that the Fijian community in Victoria is rich with diverse talents and abilities and these can be utilized to uplift and encourage one another and give us the confidence to advance in whatever field we endeavour to pursue in Australia. In addition, I believe that knowing and having faith in our God is the foundation of success.

In my role as the facilitator of this section, I was able to listen and shepherd community members and those connected to Fiji who needed pastoral care. These cases were forwarded to me by our President, after receiving calls from those who seek the assistance of the association. I was glad to be able to give my support to those in need in this manner. This assistance is an on - going assistance to anyone in need.

I was also privileged to assist Fiji Netball Team (Fiji Pearl) when they visited Melbourne to play against State team as part of their preparation for the World Championships. Our section was asked to liaise with WYAM Victoria and Island Breeze to organize a church service for the team. Our sincere gratitude goes to Pastor George Bekanimoli his church for leading the service and Mr. Waqa Baravilala for providing the venue for this event.

There were three major events organized by the section during the year:

  1. Inter- denominational Christian church service
  2. Sunday School rally
  3. Youth rally

 

  1. Inter- denominational Christian church service.  This was held on the 24th of January, 2015 and about 100 people attended the service. I can vividly remember our anxiety as this was the first event we had organized. There were a lot of prayers prior to the date. About 100 people attended including members of our community and Melbournians from other ethnic groups. Ratu Ifereimi Raicebe (Wesleyan Methodist) led the service, Pastor Joji  Bekamoli (CMF Melbourne) and his praise and worship team led us with music, Tony Ligacere (Uniting Church, Melton) and the western suburbs choir led us with hymns and the Word of God was delivered by Brother Jotame Ratabua( SDA ).

 

  1. Sunday School rally. Theme: “GOD CREATED THE WORLD”. The children were divided up into three sections according to their age and we had three experienced volunteers to lead each group. Thank you very much  Radini Laisa Kaisila ( CMF); Senirusi Rarasea( AOG) and Ms. Meri Bose ( Wesleyan Methodist). This is the first Sunday School rally organized in our community and we were appreciative that we had more than 20 participants to this event which was held on 18th April.

 

  1. Youth rally.  This night was an awesome night. The rally was led by Peceli Ligalevu, Josateki and the CMF Broadmeadows Youth and Meri Bose. The youth speaker was Marika Bavia – a WYAM volunteer who shared his journey in his mission work... an inspiring speaker.  Again, Mr. Waqa Baravilala provided the venue (vinaka vakalevu WYAM) and the hall was jam packed – around 150 -200 attendees. Thank you to Pastor Jowana Sautu (AOG), Pastor Kitione Kasila (CMF), the WYAM boys, Losalini (SDA youth), Esther (Wesleyan Methodist), the CMF Broadmedows youth for your support. Theme for the night “Remember Your Creator in the Days of your Youth”. Thank you Peceli, Joe and the worship team. This last event was held on 18th July.

I would like to thank the President and the committee members for the support given to the events we organized. Thank you very much Madame Secretary, Ms. Katarina Driu for your support and our Treasurer, Max Knight – who was always present in all events giving words of encouragement.

I can sincerely mention here that I enjoyed the experience facilitating this section of the association and I wish you all a prosperous 2016.

Vinaka and God bless.

Rev. Tepola Raicebe

Bachelor of Arts (Theology); Graduate Certificate (Church Ministry)

MA (Church ministry)

INTERDENOMINATION CHURCH SERVICE:

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY:

 

YOUTH RALLY:

SECTION 3 - OUR FINANCES

TREASURER’S REPORT

I have pleasure in presenting our first financial report for the financial year 2014/2015.

For the benefit of members and the Fijian community at large, I have provided below a detailed version of our financial account so that members are able to see where the money has come from and where it has been spent.

                                                                                                                                                

Income

In 2015, FCAV received grants totalling $6770, Donations totalling $585 and membership fees totalling $5,585.  Other Fundraising activities totalled $2400.

It is expected that the financial situation of FCAV will be better in the following financial years.

 

Expenditure

In the financial year 2014/2015, $1770 from Melton Council was spent for the association’s public liability insurance cover. This expense was vital and it has placed us well and we are now able to organise community events. $445 was spent to cover cost of hall hire for the Inter-Denominational church service, Sunday School Rally and Youth Rally. Catering costs for our activities totalled $239.50 however members also donated and volunteered their services which resulted in the success of our activities last year.

The Fiji Day Multicultural Festival had the most expenditure of $8050. The breakdown of the Fiji Day Festival Expenses has submitted to the Committee.

The regular office expenses such as printing, photocopying, faxing, stationeries and postage have been volunteered by some members of the Board but nevertheless such expenses will be budgeted for in the coming financial years.

Many thanks

 

Max Knight

Treasurer

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

INCOME

 
   

GRANTS-MELTON COUNCIL

1770

GRANTS-VICTORIAN MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION

4000

DONATION-COVINO FARMS

500

DONATION-METRO TRAINS

500

FUNDRAISING

4900

MEMBERSHIP FEES

5585

   

TOTAL INCOME

17255

   

EXPENDITURE FOR THE YEAR

 
   

PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE

1770

SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY -HALL HIRE

122.5

INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE-HALL HIRE

122.5

YOUTH RALLY - HALL HIRE

200

FIJI DAY MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

8050

CATERING

239.5

   

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

10504.5

   

NET PROFIT

$6,750.50

   

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & THANK YOU

 

Donors

Metro Trains Melbourne

Covino Farms

 

Grants andfunding

Victorian Multicultural Commission

Melton Council

 

Corporate &community partners

Reach 4 Your Future Foundation

Island Breeze Rugby Plus

 

Volunteers

Members, Non-Members, Families & Friends who supported us in the past year.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP FCAV

 

Become a member

Become a member and support our Fijian community in Victoria. Membership forms are available online or contact our Secretary on kvdriu@yahoo.com

 

Volunteer your time

FCAV embraces volunteering as an important way to connect with the community. Contact us for more information on how you can become a volunteer to support our Fijian association in Victoria.

 

Make a donation

As a not-for-profit organisation, FCAV does not receive any specific government funding or grants to fund our activities and services. The association relies on the generosity of corporate partners and the community to assist.

 

CONTACT US

 

32 Ravida Avenue, Melton West 3337

0449174058 or 0420848896

www.fijianassociationvic.com

kvdriu@yahoo.com

Facebook: Fijian Assoc Victoria

 

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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. Leah was a young 13 year old school girl who collapsed at her school last week. The Fijian Community Association Victoria presented their Reguregu to her parents and relatives last night at Leah's home, 28 Donday Court, Pakenham.

The Association was represented by the executive committee together with 3 members Sarah, Usaia Tawakevou and Toni Ligacere. Presenting the Reguregu on behalf of the Association, Mr Ligacere stressed how sad it was for the Association and members to learn the passing away of this young life. "The hard work and sacrifices that we are doing today won't benefit us now but our kids and grand kids, one of them was supposed to be Leah who has suddenly left us today. God has taken Leah and we must accept the fact that no one will escape death. Job 1:21 reads - “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

It is so sad to lose such a young life but everyone had the same hope that Leah is resting in peace in God's Kingdom as his words say in Mathew 18:2-6 - 2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. 6 But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

REST IN PEACE Leah Lebaivalu Turaga.


FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VICTORIA WISHES FIJI NETBALL TEAM WELL

The Fijian Community Association Victoria wished the Fijian Pearls Netball team well in their future endeavour as they prepared to participate in the World Netball Championship to be held in Sydney on August 2015.

The team arrived in Melbourne on Sunday morning 22/02/15 and left straight after a torrid encounter with the Melbourne Vixens on Tuesday the 24th of February at the State Netball and Hockey Center, Parkville. They were hosted to a welcome church service on the Sunday afternoon, the day of their arrival at the YWAM base located at 1 Kent Road, Surrey Hills.

The service was led by Pastor Joji Bekanimoli of the CMF Church Melbourne and include items performed by the CMF Youths to the Fiji Netball team. On Monday, the team had a trial run with the Victoria State 21 and Under team at the Maribynong Sports Academy at Maribynong College where all the girls were given a run. The Pearls then played the Melbourne Vixens on Tuesday at 4:45pm where they were soundly beaten by 73-30.

The game was played in 4 quarters where the Fijian girls struggled and failed in their defensive effort to stop the onslaught of the Vixens sharp shooters. Fiji also failed in the shooting department where shooter Taraima Mitchell failed to capitalise on the little opportunities that they had. There were lessons to be learnt on this tour and the girls were blessed to be given an opportunity to play such a champion team in the lead up to their World Cup preparation.

The Fijian Community Association in Victoria wished the Team well and thanked everyone that attended the service and also those that came in numbers to support the team. Photo: FCAV Committee members with Fijian Pearls and Management.

Photo: FCAV Committee members with the Fiji Pearls Netball team and management.


FIJIAN ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISING DINNER.

 The Fijian Community Association Victoria Fundraising Dinner was attended by a little more than 150 Fijians and friends from all works of life from around Victoria at the iconic Southern Golf Club, Keysborough.

Present on the night were representatives from groups and professional individuals who attended to help with the course in getting the Association running to help look after the welfare of Fijians living in Victoria. Notable attendees were Ganesh Sen's and members of the Reach 4 Your Future Foundation, Ilivasi Tabua's Rugby Plus, Waqa Baravilala's YWAM and QVSOB Victoria.

It was an eventful night with a live band entertainment and dancers contributing to the night of fun and entertainment.

The Fijian Community Association Victoria wishes to thank everyone for coming and hope that this event is just the start of better things to come in the future.

 


DELEGATION VISITS MOURNING FAMILY

A delegation led by Ratu Ifereimi Raicebe and the President of the Fijian Community Association Victoria, Mr Vonivate Driu visited the Ratabua family at Keilor Downs yesterday (Tuesday 02/12/2014) who are mourning the death of their Grand mother.

The delegation presented cash donation to the family that was accepted by the kids grandfather, Mr Ratabua Snr. The family are awaiting the arrival of their dad, Mr Jotame Ratabua Jnr who is travelling back to Melbourne after attending to his mother for two weeks at a San Francisco hospital. Mr Ratabua took leave from work, Air Services Australia, to be by his mothers bedside.

They are currently making arrangements for the trip to Fiji where the kids grand mother will be finally laid to rest.

 


REACH 4 YOUR FUTURE FOUNDATION

 IN UNITY IS STRENGTH - FIJIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION VICTORIA

 "Networking with Fijians and friends of Fiji living in Melbourne."

 The Fijian Community Association Victoria was represented by our President and Secretary to a Christmas Dinner organised by the "Reach 4 Your Future Foundation". The overwhelming work done by this organisation in the development of infrastructure, education, health etc to the communities in Fiji as presented to us on the night needs the support of every Fijians and friends who care about raising the standard of livelihood of the poor in our different communities that need our help.

 There was a general consensus reached for the need to integrate our individual groups and come together to help meet our different objectives to enable us to serve our community to the best of our abilities.

 


QVSOB VICTORIA

QVSOB Victoria organised a BBQ Dinner to welcome Talatala Sekaia Ratumudu, the Treasurer of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Usaia Ratuvili, Fiji's Chief Magistrate last Friday, 14/11/2014. Both were Old scholars of Queen Victoria School and were here in Melbourne on Workshops and attachments.

The President of the QVSOB Victoria, Ratu Ifereimi Raicebe welcomed them as they briefed the members on what they here for as related to their roles that they perform in their different workplaces.

Also present on the night was the President of the Fijian Community Association Victoria, Mr Vonivate Driu, committee member Waisake Radrodro and former Fijian Rugby Coach, Ilivasi Tabua. The 2 gentlemen have now gone back to Fiji to continue to serve the Nation and the community.