Beach party raises funds for underprivileged

Natalie Raikadroka and Akanisi Vakaloloma performing during the Band by the Beach fundraiser at USP lower camps last night. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE local music fraternity joined hands with the University of the South Pacific and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to raise funds for those affected during times of crisis.

The fundraiser titled ‘Bands by the Beach’ brought together eight local bands and individual artists for an entertaining and fun-filled day where funds raised through ticket sales were handed over to the ministry after recovering expenses associated with hosting the event.

Music lovers and members of the public in general converged on the foreshore lawn at the USP’s Marine Campus in Laucala Bay and swayed to the music alongside vendors selling food, with children taking advantage of free amusement rides.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the university had been proactive in assisting those in need and it had been doing this on its own and channelling funds to the ministry.

“Last year, it was on one of the natural disasters, so this year we are doing it in a more co-ordinated approach where we are working together and as you can see the ministry is providing the services,” Mrs Vuniwaqa said.

She said this was a way to partner with the non-government sector to contribute to what the Government was doing in relation to the ministry’s mandate.

Events co-ordinator Pratish Raj said hosting the event was one way the USP could give back to the community.

“We hold charity events as such in response to natural disasters and other stuff. This is year, we thought to be more proactive and that’s why we did this,” Mr Raj said.

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