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FDB raises $1,180 for the kids with Cancer
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29 July 2011

 
Sina Kami (2nd from the left) with staff at FDB at the morning tea

 
Staff of the Fiji Development Bank (FDB) rallied in support of the Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) Shave it or Save it challenge by raising $680 at a morning tea today (29/07). The tea was attended by close to 120 FDB staff at the Suva head office.

FDB Chief Executive Officer, Ratu Deve Toganivalu also added an
additional $500 on behalf of the Bank towards the Shave It Challenge by the Bank’s Public Relations Officer, Sylvia Low.

“The Bank is humbled to be a part of this earnest effort by WOWS
to assist in the care and support of Fijian children who are affected by cancer,” Ratu Deve said.

“It is not a significant amount of money but it is our sincere wish
that it will in some way help alleviate the hardship faced by these children and their families.”

The fundraiser by FDB staff and top by the Bank brings the total to
$1,180 of the $10,000 pledged by FDB Public Relations Officer, Sylvia Low towards the Fiji Cancer Society – WOWS Fund.

The Fund will be used to help less fortunate families fund the
treatment of children in Fiji who are affected by cancer. Ms. Low will shave her hair after the WOWS August 13 Walk with the Laughing Samoans should she reach her target.

“WOWS was inspired by my daughter, Tae Kami, who lost her
three and a half years battle with cancer in 2008.” said WOWS founder and mother of Tae, Sina Kami at the morning tea.

 “Towards the end of her illness, she wrote a song called Walk on
Walk Strong and it was written for those who are going through tough times, whether it’s physically, financially, spiritually or mentally.

“It was her wish also that we start a resource centre for children
with cancer, a scholarship fund for less fortunate children as well as a hospital for children with cancer because she believed that no child should have to through what she did.”

Mrs. Kami also related her experiences when working with poor
families who had children diagnosed with cancer. Choking back tears she told of one family so distraught by the impact the illness had on them that the mother actually considered “throwing” the child in the river. She also spoke of how families have separated because of the financial burden a child with cancer brought onto the family.

“These are the families that we try to help and every dollar that you
give today will eventually fill the cup and don’t think that it doesn’t mean anything. It does and I thank you all for helping us fill that
cup,” she said.

Through the Shave it or Save it Campaign and the WOWS walk
scheduled for Saturday, 13 August, WOWS hope to raise $100,000 this year.
Donations to Ms Low’s Shave Challenge can be made to account No. 116386 at any Fiji Development Bank branch Fiji-wide.

 

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