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Campaign raises more than last year

Nanise Loanakadavu
Sunday, August 12, 2012

WALK On Walk Strong raised $295,699 from the cancer campaign this year.

This is a 25 per cent increase from last year.

Last year about $180,000 was raised and in partnership with the Fiji Cancer Society, WOWS SOS. $100,000 was allocated to support the treatment of young patients.

WOWS chairman Matt Wilson said $295,699 was a preliminary figure because donations were still coming in.

The biggest contribution of $223,169.35 came from the listeners of Communications Fiji Limited which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Viti FM and Radio Sargam.

"It is now for WOWS to show the people of Fiji how it is using the money entrusted to it," Mr Wilson said.

The committee chair for WOWS SOS, Dom Sansom, said they were impressed with the response from the public especially those who volunteered to go bald for cancer patients.

He saluted all fellow Fijians who stood with them to support youngsters who were battling cancer.

WOWS will be having a similar campaign around the Pacific to fulfil the dying wish of late Tae Kami who wished for three things before she passed away in 2008.

She asked her parents, Taholo and Sina Kami to promise her a resource centre for children with cancer; a scholarship fund for poor children; and a hospital to take care of children with cancer not only in Fiji but throughout the Pacific.