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By ZAFIYA SHAMIM
The Adi Cakobau School Old Girls Association launched its 65th anniversary celebrations with kind support of BSP Life, Home Finance Company and Vodafone at their headquarters in Suva yesterday.
ACS Old Girls Association Adi Litia Qionibaravi said this was a historic moment for the association and members.
“Former students of ACS can come together and celebrate the week-long event from September 28 to October 5,” Mrs Qionibaravi said.
She said their main focus during the week’s events would be the official opening of their new headquarters on Tuesday, October 1.
“We will have a celebration march which will begin from Ratu Sukuna Park to our Knolly Street property.
“We also have various activities planned which will continue through the day and also throughout the week,” she said.
Ms Qionibaravi said it was only 2010 when the ex- scholars resolved to get into a serious commitment and invest in real estate.
“We have now achieved a tangible realisation which speaks volume of our historical bond as a sorority.
Ms Qionibaravi said Adi Cakobau School had produced many distinguished women in Fijian society over the past 65 years, all of whom have achieved status in academia, politics, education, health, business, banking, sports, civil society, government and various other fields.
“A few notable products of this all-girls indigenous school include Dr Esther Williams, the deputy vice- chancellor of the University of the South Pacific, Dr Akanisi Keydrayale, dean of School of Arts and Law, Dr Adi Kesaia Seniloli acting dean of School of Business and Economics, Dr Adi Salanieta Bakalevu acting head of School of Education, Dr Laisa Naivalulevu the first Fijian female physician, Taufa Vakatale former Government Minister and politician, Anaseini Qionibaravi the first Fijian woman senator and Dr Adi Eci Nabalarua Dean of College of Education and Humanities at the Fiji National University.”
ACS project committee chairperson Viniana Kunabuli said this was a milestone achievement for all of them.
“We have about 2500 members,” Mrs Kunabuli said.
She said the association would continue to drive its mission to guide the ACS Old Girls contribution to the preservation of inherent indigenous values.
“We will continue to preserve the universal values in nurturing of women leaders at all levels of the Fiji’s societies.”
NewNet sales executive Paul Konou said people who wanted to know what was happening in the ACS Old Girls Association can now subscribe just by text messaging “sub ACSOG” to 777 to get all the latest updates.
“Each text costs 20 cents from which 20 per cent will go back to the association every month.
Mr Konou said this was a brilliant idea to constantly keep in touch and get all the important information of what was happening in the association.