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Kalesi Mele And Repeka Nasiko
Friday, November 10, 2017

FIJI's first ever island beach club has teamed up with a major tourist transfer company to raise money for two charitable organisations.

Malamala Beach Club and South Sea Cruises have joined forces to raise awareness and funds for Cure Kids Fiji and Animals Fiji.

According to Cure Kids Fiji director of operations Sally Cooper, the charity event held at Malamala Beach Club today would be the first time the exclusive club would be opened to the general public.

She said those who purchased tickets would be accorded full five-star treatment at the newly- opened beach club.

"The event will include return boat transfers with South Sea Cruises, Victoria Wines selection of wines sponsored by Yalumba Winery, beers and soft drinks from P Meghji, cocktails from Coconut Vodka as well as a tasting menu from celebrated chef Lance Seeto," she said.

"The evening will be a mix and mingle evening rather than a sit-down dinner and there will be no auctions.

"However, raffle tickets will be on offer for anyone who chooses to go into the draw for some fabulous prizes.

"Proceeds from the event will be split between two great Fijian charities benefiting both — animals and children."

Ms Cooper said she had visited the beach club with Animals Fiji co-founder Casey Quimby and both decided it would be an ideal venue for a night fundraiser event.

"The sun sets just off from the pool side veranda and the location is surreal.

"Both charities are always looking at ways to raise funds and to have a good time doing it.

"So, whilst looking out from the infinity edge pool over the ocean we came up with a plan to work together to create a relaxed, fun, social and sophisticated event to raise funds for both charities."

Animals Fiji, established in 2011, is a registered Fiji charity with a focus on animal welfare and veterinary services.

It operates the only veterinary clinic service in the Western and Northern divisions of Fiji and provides treatment for pets, farm animals, as well as wildlife at clinics in Nadi, Lautoka, Labasa, and Savusavsu.

Cure Kids Fiji has initiated child health research and initiatives worth more than $5 million since it was launched in 2006.

Working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Cure Kids Fiji has focused on funding to prevent and improve outcomes for children living with rheumatic heart disease (RHD). RHD is a potentially life-threatening condition affecting one in 50 school-aged children in Fiji — among the highest rates in the world.

Tickets to the event can be purchased from South Sea Cruises at Port Denarau Marina, Animals Fiji Nadi Clinic in Nasoso, Nadi, or via email info@animalsfiji.org or sally@curekids.org.fj.








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