Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
22 November 2012: Fiji’s High Commissioner in the UK Mr. Solo Mara has been explaining Fiji’s Road Map to Democracy whilst attending a number of Fiji Day Celebrations in the UK recently.
The High Commissioner attended the Fiji Day celebration hosted by Fiji Cultural & Social Club members in London on 6 October. The Club was first formed in 1976 by some UK based Fiji residents and until today, continues to promote the values of interracial coexistence with an aim to encourage new and young generation to join. The celebration was enjoyed by all our families with delicious curry dishes prepared by the Club members. High Commissioner as patron of the Club addressed the crowd with recent developments currently undertaken by the government in Fiji, focusing particularly in the current constitutional and political processes.
The High Commissioner then attended the Fiji Day celebrations at Chepstow and Wattisham Military Campson 13th October and 20th October respectively on the invitations from our nationals. This was an opportunity to meet and engage with our nationals and former Fiji national communities here in the UK and to disseminateGovernment’s policies, particularly the implementation of the Roadmap to Democracy and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development.
Both events were organised by Fijian in the Armed Forces and close friends and their families were also invited to share our unique tradition and culture. The events were also aimed at marketing Fiji to the UK. More than 200 people attended each event and were entertained before enjoying “Lovo meals”.
The event in Wattisham was unique as it was a Fiji Day celebration that focused on raising money for the less-fortunate in Fiji. This included school fees and housing assistance programs and during the celebration, the community managed to raise £5000.00 and the money will be channeled to the St. Vincent de Paul for its distribution in support of deserving families. (Photo caption:High Commissioner Mara with the Wattisham Committee)
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