25 May, 2006

Ratu Sukuna Celebrations

Ratu Sukuna Day this year will be different because most of the celebrations will be local. It will provide people around the country the chance to mark the memory of Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna with local touch and flavour. It will be celebrated from today to Sunday with the theme "Land is Wealth". The theme marks the 70th anniversary of Ratu Sukuna's address to the Bose Levu Vakaturaga in 1936 where he urged the chiefs to agree to the setting up of an institution to administer the leasing of their land. The focus of the celebration will be students and the centre of celebrations will be schools. School items such as oratory and essay competition, singing and meke will be organised by various schools throughout the week. The centre of celebrations will be Ratu Sukuna Memorial School in Nabua, Suva, where participating schools from Suva and Nausori will meet for a day of intellectual, cultural display and open day for intellectual, cultural displays and an open day for vocational training. Ex-students of the school have a day set aside for them tomorrow. They will selling BBQs and T-shirts from their stall at the school and have a "soli" in the afternoon. All funds raised by their efforts tomorrow will be for equipping and upgrading the science laboratory for students at the school. All former students of the school are asked to contact me if they wish to send their contributions which will be forwarded to Committee members. My contacts are : telephone +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

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