FOR the first time, Fiji will take part in the global event 'Race for Survival' hosted by Save the Children Fiji (SC Fiji) on October 16.
The initiative is part of the SC Fiji's campaign to raise awareness on children's rights and is part of a bigger initiative by Save the Children International.
According to a statement, the main aim of this global event is to "end the injustice of a child passing away every four seconds from preventable causes even when every child has the right to health and survival".
This race, the biggest children's race in the world today, will involve Fiji joining more than 40 different countries to raise awareness on children's rights.
Although the day promises to be much fun, SC Fiji assistant program manager Asilika Rainima notes that people must never forget who they are trying to help
"We must not lose sight of the 19,000 families who still lose a child each day, therefore we need to intensify our campaign efforts between now and 2015," she said.
One of the other main aims of the race is to allow children to lobby world leaders to the fact that indeed child malnutrition is an issue that can and needs to be reduced.
The race will host 11 Suva-based schools to a day of healthy competition and learning opportunities.
Fittingly, the race coincides with 2012 World Food Day celebrations, for which the theme is 'Agriculture Cooperatives - Key to feeding the world.'