THE longstanding efforts and contributions made by the Colonial War Memorial Hospital to the people of Fiji were acknowledged on Friday evening with members of the public coming together to raise funds towards the 90-year-old hospital.
The gala ball was held to raise funds for the construction of a waiting area for discharged patients.
It was also one of the numerous events the hospital management has organised to mark the hospital's double sapphire anniversary.
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who was the chief guest at the function, shared the hospital's colourful history with guests.
"Today, it stands as a solemn tribute for the memory of the sons of Fiji who lost their lives in the Great War," he said.
"They were citizens of whom we are all proud and they gave what is the noblest of all human gifts, by self-sacrifice they lost their lives."
Ratu Epeli said it was important to realise the journey the hospital had endured to become what it is today, saying much of this journey was made possible by community help along the way.
"It would be remiss of me not to highlight and acknowledge the contribution of the community to the development of CWM Hospital.
"The community both local and those from abroad have indeed shaped CWM Hospital to what it is today. The sentiments that were expressed during the opening ceremony on December 2, 1923, still rings true today," he said.