AS a way of giving back to the community that supported its operations, the Cosmopolitan Rakiraki Club created a lasting legacy for itself when it paid for the construction of a new accident and emergency unit at the Ra sub-divisional hospital in Rakiraki.
After 70 years of existence, the club closed a few months ago but not after it raised $170,000 to build the new facility which will cater for the almost 37,000 people in the Ra Province.
Former club trustee and chairman, Manikam Gounder said: "The club was closing because business was not what it used to be when we started. So we decided when we sell the clubhouse we would give the money for a worthy cause."
"At the top of our priority was the hospital's A&E wing — something that was in need of an upgrade and for us it was a way to leave behind our legacy."
The new facility was opened yesterday by Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma.
"This is a perfect example of public-private partnership where responsible people of the community come forward and do projects with the Health Ministry as we are not the sole custodian of health like any other country. Fiji, the state, is open to working with private organisations for the betterment of our people," said Dr Sharma.
Rakiraki's acting special administrator Seini Raiko said the new facility would address overcrowding.