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Proud moment for group

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, January 11, 2014

IT was a proud moment for staff members of Save the Children Fiji (SC Fiji) yesterday as they were handed the prestigious 2013 International Olympic Committee (IOC) trophy for the first time.

The trophy was given to the organisation in recognition of its Race for Survival initiative last year which highlighted the importance of sports and educating children about the impact of malnutrition in Fiji.

"With our project — the Race for Survival — at the heart of it, we were looking at health because it was part of a global campaign which targets infant mortality rates," said SC Fiji CEO Raijeli Nicole.

"We realised that in Fiji this was a big problem, with over 400 children suffering from malnutrition, and it made us realise that it's important that children also take part in the development stages of such a project."

The awards scheme, which was established in 1985, has since distributed trophies annually to deserving recipients based on an annual theme.

This year's theme was '150 years, Pierre de Courbetin, Sport as a School of Life' and SC Fiji was awarded because of the emphasis it placed on nutrition and sports in Fiji.