Rugby team raises $10.4k for children

The Classic Wallabies raised $10,400 for kids dialysis at Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa. Picture: FELIX CHAUDHARY

ABOUT $10,400 was raised for children who need dialysis by the Classic Wallabies during a charity dinner held at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa on Thursday night.

Resort resident manager Chris Hamilton said the Yanuca Island team was privileged to be in a position to help children who could not afford dialysis treatment.

“We are so grateful to the Classic Wallabies for agreeing to be a part of this event,” he said.

“If we can run this annually, we can build on it year on year and support more kids as we go.”

Former Wallaby centre Morgan Turinui said he and his team-mates were grateful for the opportunity to give back to Fiji.

“We enjoy this country, we enjoy our holidays here and this is one way we can genuinely give back something tangible to this community that welcomes us to their country year on year,” the 36-year-old said.

“We see this as the first of many trips to come.”

Dr Amrish Krishnan from the National Kidney Research Treatment Centre said the funds raised would make the difference between life and death for children with kidney issues.

“About eight to nine out of 10 patients who need dialysis cannot afford it, so this initiative will go a long way towards helping those most in need,” he said.

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