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Fijians in U.S., Australia ante up

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, August 25, 2009) – Fijians living in Australia and the United States have come to the aid of Fiji’s Methodist Church after the Government banned its annual fund raising event this month.

A delegation of American-Fijian Methodist Church members donated FJD$301,000 [US$150, 000] to the Church on Sunday at a service in Suva.

And a group from Australia is expected to give their ‘soli’ later this week.

The Church has revealed that it needs a FJ$3 million [US$1.5 million] annual budget for administrative and operational costs.

The expenses include the cost of running the Church schools and orphanage.

The Church is looking for alternative ways to find the funds after its permit to hold the annual bazaar at Furnival Park, Toorak this week was revoked.

The Government wants the Church to rid itself of "political elements" opposed to the Bainimarama administration before it is allowed to hold its annual meetings again.

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