Brisbane’s ‘Alovili Home founder to participate in Tonga’s Miss Heilala Pageant 2019

    'Oku taupotu 'i lalo ha fakamatala faka-Tonga ki he ongoongo' ni

    The founder of Brisbane’s ‘Alovili Home, Ms Melefifita Percilla Jane ‘Alovili, will be participating in the 2019 Miss Heilala Pageant in the Kingdom of Tonga.

    The ‘Alovili Home was established by Melefifita on 15 May 2018 with the goal to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention focussing on Pacific Islander people living in Australia. 

    Melefifita has inspired hundreds of people with her story of triumph and victory over traumatic circumstances in her own life. ‘Alovili Home’s motto is “love has no barriers and tradition embraces innovation” and is currently receiving up to five new enquiries daily. ‘Alovili Home works around the clock to refer these enquiries to the appropriate service providers in Australia. 

    Melefifita was already a runner up in the 2019 Miss Tonga Australia pageant and has now set her sights on the renowned Miss Heilala Pageant in Nuku‘alofa.  

    Melefifita said “I am so grateful to have this platform to share my message of hope and educate our people in topics that are unfortunately stigmatised and to be a voice for those who are still trying to find their own.”  

    “Our vision and goals for the future of ‘Alovili Home is to educate our people here and abroad to eventually build teams to take our message to our Island homes and educate our people there, that’s just one part of our goal, we have so many more, but this is what we hope to achieve first,” Melefifita added.  

    The Miss Heilala Pageant is a popular feature of the Kingdom’s annual Heilala Festival and this year coincides with the 60th birthday celebrations of His Majesty King Tupou VI.   

    Media Contact: Sulieni Layt via email on brisbanetongancommunity@gmail.com or mobile on +61(0) 420 639 764. 

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    1. Pilisipeini, ‘AOSITELĒLIA: ‘E kau atu ‘a e finemui Tonga nofo Pilisipeini ko Melefifita Percilla Jane ‘Alovili, ‘a ia na‘a ne fokotu‘utu‘u ‘a e ‘api kole hūfanga koia ko e ‘Alovili Home, ‘i he fe‘auhi fili hoihoifua koia ‘a Tonga´ “Miss Heilala” ki he ta‘u´ ni 2019.

      Na‘e fuofua fokotu‘utu‘u ‘a e ‘Alovili Home ‘e Melefifita ‘i he ‘aho 15 Mē 2018 ‘aki ‘a e taumu‘a´ ke hakeaki‘i ‘a e tokanga koia ‘a e kakai mei he ngaahi matakali ‘o e Pasifiki´ ‘oku nau nofo ‘aunofo mai ki ‘Aositelēlia´ ni ki he mahu‘inga ‘o e mo‘ui lelei faka‘atamai´ pea pehē ki hono ta‘ofi ‘o e taonakita ‘i he sōsaieti ‘o ‘Aositelēlia.

      Na‘e kau foki ‘a e fononga ‘a Melefifita ‘i he mamahi mo e faingata‘a lahi, ka kuo hoko ‘ene talaloto´ ko ha fakalotolahi pea mo e tokoni lahi ma‘ae kakai tokolahi ‘aupito, kae tautautefito kiate kinautolu koia kuo nau fou atu ‘i he faingata‘a ko‘eni´.

      Ko e moto ‘o e ‘Alovili Home “ko e ‘ofa´ ‘oku hala ha fakangatangata, pea ko‘etau taufatungamotu‘a koia ‘a Tonga´ ‘oku ne hukitonu ‘a e fakalakalaka´”.

      ‘Oku fa‘a ma‘u mai ‘e he ‘Alovili Home ‘a e faka‘eke‘eke nai ‘e 5 he ‘aho kotoa pē. ‘Oku fai fatongia foki ‘a e ‘Alovili Home ‘o houa ‘e 24 pea ‘oku nau fakahoko ‘a e ngaahi fetu‘utaki kotoa pē ki he ngaahi kautaha ngāue‘ofa ‘i Aositelēlia.

      Kuo‘osi kau atu mo Melefifita ki he fe‘auhi talavou koia ko e Miss Tonga Australia ‘i he ta‘u´ ni pea ko hono faka‘amu´ ke ne fakafofonga‘i ‘a Pilisipeini ‘i he Fe‘auhi Hoihoifua koia ko e Miss Heilala ‘i Nuku‘alofa ‘i Siulai´.

      Na‘e pehē ‘e Melefifita “ ‘Oku hounga‘ia mo‘oni ‘a e finemotu‘a´ ni ke ma‘u ‘a e faingamālie ko‘eni´ ke fakamafola ‘eku fekau ‘o e ‘amanaki lelei´ mo ha le‘o ma‘anautolu koia ‘oku hala ha le‘o´ pea pehē ki hono ako‘i hotau kakai´ felāve‘i mo e ngaahi kaveinga pelepelengesi ko‘eni´.”

      “Ko‘emau vīsone´ pea mo‘emau taumu‘a ki he ka ha‘u koia ‘o e ‘Alovili Home, ke ako‘i hotau kāinga ‘i heni mo muli foki, ke kamata‘aki ‘a e ngaahi timi´ ke ‘ave ‘emau fekau ki he ngaahi ‘apinofo‘anga hotau kakai Pasifiki´, ‘a ia ko e ‘uluaki konga´ ia ‘oku mau tokanga ki ai´ ki mu‘a pea mau hoko atu ki he ngaahi taumu‘a kehe´,” ko e lau ia ‘a Melefifita.

      Ko e fe‘auhi fili hoihoifua koia ‘a e Miss Heilala ko e konga´ ia ‘o e ngaahi polokalama ‘a e Uike Heilala ‘i Tonga´, ‘a ia ‘oku lele faka‘angataha mo hono kātoanga‘i ‘o e 60 ta‘u koia ‘o e Hau ‘o e ‘Otu Tonga´ ko ‘Ene ‘Āfio Tupou VI.

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