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.
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