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WOWS moves on

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

THE late Tae Kami's wish to walk on walk strong in being committed to assist cancer patients is what the organisation WOWS Kids (Fiji) will rely on as it prepares to register on its own and move on from where it left off.

WOWS president Makrava Wilson said the organisation would begin a fresh lease of life with the upcoming registration of the charitable organisation in Fiji.

"It was not our original intention to register as a separate charity in Fiji," Mr Wilson said.

"We had signed the memorandum of understanding with the Fiji Cancer Society in June 2012 in good faith with our intention being to support the work that FCS does. All our funds were deposited into the FCS-held bank account.

"Those funds have not been touched," Mr Wilson assured, reiterating the statement made by Nazhat Shameem and FCS trustees.

"There is close to $500,000 still waiting to be used to help children suffering with cancer."

Through to Fiscal Year 2012, the WOWS account was audited by Anthony Ho and Associates in a timely manner, with the audits being provided to the Fiji Cancer Society.

At the public meeting conducted earlier this week by the trustees of the Fiji Cancer Society, WOWS was encouraged to register separately and was also informed that the WOWS funds would be transferred as soon as this process was complete.

WOWS Kids (Fiji) trustee Colin Philp said he expected the process to take up to three months.

"One change we will make moving forward is to include children with other life-threatening conditions, not just cancer," Mr Philp said.

In September 2012, a situation arose within the Fiji Cancer Society board that led to the bank refusing to recognise either of the FCS signatories required to release WOWS' funds.

Mr Wilson said WOWS was unable to progress with the major project of building a resource centre close to CWM Hospital in Suva.

"The WOWS team of volunteers have still been carrying out other work with the children with cancer, visiting them in hospital and at home and holding birthday parties."





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