$5k boost for kids cancer charity

(L-R): Ray Pharmaceuticals and Hyperchem Pharmacy sales manager Kamini Pillay, purchasing manager Bhavna Ben, director Zaheera Cassim, WOWS Kids Fiji team leader Mere Lutuciri-Williams and pediatric oncology outreach nurse Loata Bolakoro during the cheque handover in Lautoka. Picture: NAVNESH REDDY

Support for children battling cancer received a boost yesterday when Ray Pharmaceuticals celebrated World Pharmacists Day by gifting $5000 to Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji.

Company director Zaheera Cassim said they had added cancer awareness to their annual campaign, in addition to awareness on non-communicable diseases.

“Early detection is the most crucial factor in the successful treatment and parents should learn about the signs and symptoms for the various prevalent cancers in children,” she said.

Ms Cassim said the most important factor in the fight against cancer was support for patients.

“Support is what matters the most which includes medical, nutritional, emotional and also financial support as well.”

WOWs Kids team leader Mere Lutuciri-Williams said the NGO was completely dependent on financial support from various business organisations and individuals.

“The majority of our patients are underprivileged and such donations help us in affording medical treatment for them.”

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