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Children treated to gifts and dinner

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, December 07, 2013

NINETEEN children suffering from cancer were hosted to gifts and dinner by MHCC under Carpenters Fiji Limited in conjunction with the Fiji Cancer Society.

Carpenters Fiji Limited retail and marketing director Kunaseelan Sabaratnam says this has been a company tradition.

"This has been a tradition from five years ago. We have been hosting kids with cancer and children from orphanages with senior citizens from homes," Mr Sabaratnam said at the event on Monday.

With the MH tagline of "Serving the people of Fiji", he said they made sure to let the children know that at this time of celebrations, they were not forgotten and they were here to take care of them.

"We found out we should give them (cancer kids) the opportunity. Most of these kids are from the hospital and most of the time they are in the hospital and with the doctors' assistance; they are here to attend the event with their friends and families."

On Tuesday, they had 200 children from the orphanages and next week for the senior citizens homes.

The Fiji Cancer Society said they had partnered with Carpenters for almost six years now. One of the children's mother, Lice Karawa, said they travelled all the way from Namena in Tailevu to attend the function.

Mrs Karawa said her two-year-old son, who was suffering from cancer, was happy to see his gift. They travelled from Naitasiri.

Rewasau villager Simeli Koroi came with his cancer child just to witness Santa Claus (Father Christmas) at the function.