Company shaves heads for charity

WALK On Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji received a timely assistance when Neptune Pacific Line came on board to raise funds through its shaving initative in Suva yesterday.

During the event, Neptune Pacific Line general manager Rolf Rasmussen said the shaving initiative was organised throughout its regional offices.

“We are doing this initiative in Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga offices. Over 100 employees will get their heads shaved today (yesterday) for a good cause. Last year, we collected $5500 and we are hoping to collect $10,000 this year,” Mr Rasmussen said.

“As a corporate organisation, you need to give back to the communities where you work and live and we are right across the Pacific. It is our home and why not have our staff give back to the community in which they live.”

WOWS Kids Fiji team leader Viola Lesi said Fiji had the most extensive support systems in place for children suffering from cancer in the region.

She said WOWS wanted to expand and introduce new services during and post cancer treatments this year.

“We are thankful to organisations like Neptune which makes it possible for us to continue the work we do,” Ms Lesi said.

“The kind of assistance we have been offering includes taking care of transportation costs, We support them with shopping vouchers. We take care of medications. If any medicine is prescribed by the doctor and is not available at a public hospital, we take on the bill. We have a pharmacy. We work in Suva and Lautoka.”

She added since WOWS was established, the treatment compliance had been 100 per cent compared with before when parents could not afford treatments.

She said this year they had launched the “WOWS 2018 SOS Campaign” which involved getting 10 corporate bodies/individuals or groups to sign up to participate in collecting $10,000 each.

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