Race to Survive teams visit island

TEAMS participating in the AccorHotels Fiji Race to Survive to Cure Kids installed four water tanks at Kese Village on Naviti in the Yasawa Group yesterday.

While at the village, they also got to witness the screening of children for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) at Kese Primary School — a project funded by the Accor Group.

A medical team led by pediatrician Dr Joseph Kado from the RHD prevention and control program visited villages on Naviti and undertook screening for the disease.

“The RHD screening program is particularly important to these villages because of their remote location and through AccorHotels’ funding, it has enabled Cure Kids Fiji to build capacity and increased capabilities,” Dr Kado said.

Soya Rossiter from AccorHotels said she was proud to be part of a team that contributed to improving the lives of children since its inception in 2006.

“What started as a dream for our company to try and make a small difference to the children of Fiji has now, 10 years later, grown into one of the most effective partnerships in the tourism industry here in Fiji,” she said.

The partnership includes AccorHotels, a number of industry partners, the Ministry of Health and Cure Kids Fiji.

The race, which involves staff from AccorHotels hotels across New Zealand, Fiji and Australia, has raised $1.8 million for Cure Kids Fiji since 2006.

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