Thursday, August 16, 2012

Vanuatu Students Aid Association (ALV) at Foire de Bourail 2012

The annual extremely popular New-Caledonia event "Foire de Bourail" was held from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August, 2012. This year was the 7th event, and high-school students from the "Aide aux Lyceens Vanuatuais" association assisted and supported in piqueting. The youth were supervised during the whole length of the operation by Brother Jean-Paul Delesalle, Treasurer of the association, and Mr Alain Funel, Chairman. Thg group continuously picked up rubbish and cleaned the massive venue which received 17,000 visitors in 3 days. This year there was a delegation from Vanuatu delegation, led by the Vanuatu Tourism Office representative for the New-Caledonia market, Mrs. Martine Robin, and Information Officer, Ms Michaela Rory. Amongst the delegation was the legendary Vanuatu artist as Mrs. Juliette Pita, and Torotua string band (pictured above) who rocked the a huge crowd playing Vanuatu island rhythms. Also accompanying the delegation were several Vanuatu associations, Noumea-based, who were excited to promote Vanuatu national dishes and delicacies such as laplap and tuluk.