$5000 boost for WOWS Kids

WOWS Kids Fiji founder Sina Kami (third from left) receives a cheque from the Freemason Lodge of Polynesia rep Virginia Patterson in Suva yesterday. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

WIVES of the Freemason Lodge of Polynesia donated $5000 to Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji yesterday to assist in the treatment and care of 78 children living with cancer.

In receiving the donation, an emotional WOWS Kids Fiji co-founder Sina Kami shared how families that were the stronghold of the charitable trust continued to depend on the generosity of organisations like the Freemason lodge.

“We work with the children’s wards in hospitals around the country to identify children we sponsor and we pay for their medication and treatments – depending on our annual budget of $200,000 to $300,000 which we fundraise for,” she said.

While sharing the experience she went through with her daughter Tae Kami – the inspiration behind WOWS Kids Fiji – who succumbed to cancer, Ms Kami said she was lucky her parents had good-paying jobs.

“However, most of our parents at WOWS Kids Fiji today are from the poorest of the poor and we are a form of support for them.

“Parents find it hard to talk about their needs and experiences because they take it upon themselves to fend for their children, which is not easy.”

Speaking on behalf of the wives of the Freemason Lodge of Polynesia, Virginia Patterson said they felt compelled to contribute to WOWS Kids Fiji because their fundraising efforts had been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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