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A heart for children

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, December 03, 2012

THE ATH Vodafone Fiji Foundation has spent about $1.5 million since 2006 on corrective heart surgeries for children in Fiji.

The foundation has worked in partnership with the Children's Heart Foundation in identifying children who suffer from heart disease that cannot be treated locally.

Foundation executive officer Ambalika Devi said $20,000 had been spent on airfares and treatment in India for each child.

"The children are only treated in hospitals in India and we have sent 68 so far including the recent two who left over the weekend," she said.

"Last year, five children were sent to India for heart surgeries. The foundation funds the trip and the CHF identifies through hospital the kids who need surgeries.

"This is also in line with the strategic directions of the foundation, one of which is to give life to children who are the soul of our society and future of Fiji," said Ms Devi.

ATH chairman, Lionel Yee said Vodafone Fiji was one of the major donors to Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation, which is a charity arm.

"The directors of the foundation assess the needs of an application, the impact it creates and how this uplifts the livelihood and development of our communities in Fiji before deciding on grants," he said.

"Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation continues to mobilise communities and social change through our people and technology."