Basketball Fiji clinic raises awareness on NCDs

Basketball clinic at Damodar city yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

THE Hoops for Health Basketball clinic organised by Basketball Fiji drew in many children from around the Suva area in its attempt to raise awareness against non-communicable diseases.

The clinic is being held at the Damodar City Centre car park and will end tomorrow.

Program organiser Kenneth Taliu said apart from organising something for kids in the holidays, the program aimed at encouraging kids on the importance of staying healthy.

“We started this clinic a year ago and saw that we had a positive response from the public, so we are sharing with the kids a message of staying active and trying to combat non-communicable diseases through that way and also keeping them healthy,” said Taliu.

Children between the ages of nine and 16 are part of the four-day event.

“The number of kids here is actually more than we anticipated and every day the number increases, last year we started with about 60 and this year we have 70 yesterday (Monday) while today the number has increased to 80, we are anticipating 100 by the last day.

“Most of the kids that were part of the program last year went back home and brought their friends and that’s how the number has grown and also because we keep the program fun and exciting as well as trying to spread the message of healthy living,” said Taliu.

Taliu thanked the Damodar City Group for partnering with Basketball Fiji in organising the clinic for yet another year.

“We would like to thank Damodar Group for the partnership and sponsoring us to secure this venue for the kids, it’s a safe venue and we’ve put the net around to ensure the kids are all in one area.

“We are anticipating a fun program for the rest of the week and do hope more kids come in to enjoy what Basketball Fiji and the Hoops for Health program has to offer,” said Taliu.

The clinic started on Monday.

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