$286k raised during Pinktober morning tea events last year

USP Staff Ashna Sharma (left), Nishant Reddy, Arti Archana, Upendra Kumar and Amitesh Kumar at the University of the South Pacific’s Lautoka Campus Pinktober Event. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Fiji Cancer Society raised a total of $286,151 during Pinktober morning tea events held across the country last year.

This was revealed at a Pinktober cancer awareness fundraiser hosted by the University of the South Pacific Lautoka campus yesterday.

Fiji Cancer Society board member Margaret Rounds said the money would be used to meet administrative costs incurred by the society and to assist Fijians battling cancer.

“All your support goes to medications, transportation to clinics and chemotherapies,” Ms Rounds said.

“Then there are those that go towards oxygen tanks, diapers, groceries, wheel chairs and beds, toiletry packs, colostomy bags and prosthesis to name a few.

“We have a strong and very active survivors network that meet and share their experiences often and they get involved in the delivery of our programs, events and services.”

Ms Rounds said all of FCS support services, education and screening programs were funded from the Pinktober funds.

At the moment, the society has a total of 368 registered patients who are being cared for at home.

This does not include those who attend clinics and reviews. She added the society had also increased its screening and awareness programs in work places.

“If you want the team to visit your office, let us know.

“We must educate ourselves and make healthier choices.”

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