Fiji-based Accor staff have combined competition with fundraising to complete a five-day race around Fiji to raise funds for rheumatic heart disease screening for Fijian children.
Accor competitors began the race at the Novotel Nadi en route to the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa. Also taking in the Coral Coast and Denarau Island, the racers stopped at Sigatoka to complete a number of challenges organised by Sigatoka River Safaris, who donated their services to the charity event.
Event Director Murray Davison said, “We have been truly amazed at the generosity by so many Fiji companies who have donated both their products and services over the five-day event. With this support we can ensure the money raised by our competitors prior to and during the event goes to Cure Kids so they can continue their amazing work here in Fiji”.
“During the past five-days I have been humbled by the way the Fijian community supports our events, and amazed at the commitment of our hotel staff to not only work tirelessly for months prior to the event to fundraise, but also the effort they put in during the event. They overcame many personal challenges with one goal – to make a difference to the children of Fiji”, added Davison.
This year’s Accor Race to Survive to Cure Kids Fiji competition raised more than US$300,000 for Cure Kids Fiji. The event proceeds brings the total raised for Cure Kids to over US$1 million.
Cure Kids have used the funds raised by Accor staff in past years to purchase and maintain medical equipment for Lautoka, Nadi and Suva hospitals. A world leading Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) screening programme has also been funded with the help of Accor’s fundraising efforts.
During the Accor Race To Survive to Cure Kids Fiji event this year, children at Malolo District School on Malolo Island were screened, with several children unfortunately found to be suffering from RHD. Those children are now registered on a national treatment program.
In summing up the five-day event, Mr Simmons said, “As long as we are needed to raise money for this much needed cause, the people of Fiji can be assured that Accor will continue to focus on raising the funds required, and we will continue to support Cure Kids to do the work they do. The motto for all Accor competitors is simple – It’s for the kids!”