By Mike Puia
A representative of the Fijian community in Honiara, Matai Vave, has conveyed Fiji’s appreciation to the people of Nazareth village, Marovo lagoon, in the Western province for lending a hand during Fiji’s darkest time.
This was during the cyclone Winston disaster that hit Fiji in 2016. Nazareth village had organised a fundraising to raise money towards Fiji’s recovery effort.
Nazareth village was able to raise about $15,000. The village gave the money to the former moderator of the United Church, Philemon Riti. He handed the money to Matai Vave in Honiara.
Vave also attended Nazareth village’s celebration to mark the 100th year since the gospel reached them.
He broke down in tears when he presented the token of love from the Fiji community in Honiara to the Nazareth church on its special occasion.
Vave said the token they want to present to the village is small but it comes from their heart.
He said they are very thankful for the love and concern shown by the people of Nazareth.
Cyclone Winston, the worst storm recorded in the southern hemisphere, left 42 people dead in Fiji.