Initiative raises $100k for Cure Kids Fiji Oxygen Project
31 July, 2018, 3:05 am
AN initiative spearheaded by a leading bank has raised more than $100,000 which will go towards improving the health of children in Fiji.
The initiative, known as the ANZ Fiji500, saw team of 22 cyclists from the bank, including Australian former Paralympian John Maclean, setting off on a 500km ride across Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu last Friday to raise money for Cure Kids’ Fiji Oxygen Project, which provides life-saving oxygen treatment to hospitals and health centres across Fiji.
This is the second year that ANZ has run this event.
The riders reached the finish line at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, Denarau yesterday afternoon at approximately 2.30pm.
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism and Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Siddiq Koya applauded the efforts of ANZ bank whose staff from Australia and New Zealand raised over $100, 000 in funds to go towards Cure Kids Fiji.
Speaking at the end of the ANZ Fiji500 2018th edition, Mr Koya stressed the need for collaboration between Government and the private sector.
“The Fijian Government strongly believes collaboration between the private and public sector is critical for providing a healthy childhood for all Fijian children,” he said.
“By working together, we will understand each other’s issues and effectively address matters pertaining to providing a heathy childhood for all Fijian children.”
About The Oxygen Project:
The project is important, as it addresses the pressing and challenging need in the Pacific to ensure, that those needing oxygen and those with severe hypoxic (oxygen-starved) illnesses get all that is needed for them to survive.