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FDB Staff Bring Cheer to Paediatric Cancer Patients
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20 December 2011

    

The staff at the head office of the Fiji Development Bank took time out during the day (20/12/11). to visit four special children at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital 
 
Led by Acting General Manager Business Risk Services, Mrs. Setaita Tamanikaiyaroi, the staff brought gifts, a cake, Happy Meals and a festive cheer to an otherwise quiet corridor of the Paediatric Oncology Unit. 
 
The children aged between 10 months and 14 years were all smiles when they were handed their gifts - items ticked off a wish list the children put together themselves. The gifts included digital cameras, a trolley bag, toy piano and LEGO. 
 
Sister Pasepa Pareti of the Fiji Cancer Society said that some of the children have been there for a few months.
 
“This is a wonderful thing for them and I am so happy that staff from FDB have taken the time and brought with these children the gifts that they personally wished for. This is truly special for them,” she said. 
 
For a lot of staff, the visit was emotional with one senior manager remarking how hard it must be for the mothers who have spent the time they have, in the hospital with their children. 
 
“I realised that it wasn’t about taking grand gifts but more about saying to those mums, ‘here take a few hours off and go watch a movie or something’ – I can imagine that that would be of great help in helping them coping with what I can only imagine to be a very stressful time for their families as well,” she said. 
 
To help the mothers, staff also took daily necessities like washing powder and other essentials. 
 
Five year-old Senileba from Koro Island is one of the longest residents at the hospital, where over the past 18 months she has been receiving treatment for a blood disorder. Initially apprehensive when faced with a large number of well meaning people; a couple of carols, a slice of cake and several gifts later, she was soon blowing kisses and waving off her well wishers with a smile.
 
For 14 year-old Raneel all the way from Savusavu, spending his second Christmas in the hospital is but a means to an end. Having started chemotherapy, each day he says, he feels a little better and he hopes to go home as soon as he completes this round of chemo. 
 
Christmas is indeed a time for reflection and giving thanks for the many blessings and challenges that have come our way.

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