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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Water grant a lifesaver for Cure Kids Fiji

Left to right – Paul Davies - Managing Director FIJI Water - Natural Waters of Viti Ltd.,
Adam Laker - General Manager Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa,
Simon Harper – General Manager Mercure Hotel Nadi and Vicki Lee – CEO Cure Kids.
FIJI Water (Natural Waters of Viti Ltd NWVL) is once again spreading their commitment to the community with a generous FJ$30,000+ contribution to the 2010 Accor Extreme Challenge to Cure Kids.  This donation follows on from the FJ$90,000 that was donated by the Fiji Water Foundation last year which helped fund the Rheumatic Heart Disease screening programme.

The bi-annual adventure challenge held by international hotel company Accor in support of Cure Kids Fiji this year also includes an 'Extreme Makeover' to Nadi Hospital's maternity ward.  It was this life-saving aspect of the competition that secured Fiji Water's involvement in the iconic race to improve the odds for the children of Fiji.

Paul Davies, Managing Director of NWVL, says the opportunity to contribute towards the transformation of the ward, and help keep mothers and babies healthy in the first critical days, is a natural fit with the company's community support. NWVL has great admiration for the work that Cure Kids and Accor do in Fiji. Their ability to develop and manage projects along with NWVL's ability to co-fund and support this event is a perfect partnership.

"Any positive change we can make by investing in our community is returned to us ten-fold through the positive results we see in the development and better health of the Fijian people – it's a fun and extremely rewarding way to get involved in the community," says Davies.

Fiji Water's contribution of FJ$30,000 towards the Cure Kids fundraising event is a cash donation. They will also transport kayaks from New Zealand, through the services of their sister company Neptune Shipping, provide in-country logistics support with their trucking fleet and, of course, FIJI Water to quench the thirst of the 34 Accor Hotels teams involved in the event during 28 – 31 August.

Vicki Lee, CEO of Cure Kids, says FIJI Water's contribution to the maternity ward and the event further emphasises the company's belief in community well-being, and supports the ongoing work and investment that Accor Hotels provides Cure Kids in Fiji.

"I think it's wonderful that with partnerships with local companies like FIJI Water we are improving the odds for local children.  The more equipment and essential research we can all provide with funds raised from these events, the better for future generations of Fijian children," says Lee.


About Cure Kids Fiji:

In Fiji, together with Accor and a myriad of wonderful partners Cure Kids is working to improve the odds for the children of Fiji. Through this partnership Cure Kids Fiji is funding basic, life-saving medicines and equipment. Children are a precious part of the Fijian culture and lifestyle. Yet sadly, far too many lose their lives to basic illnesses that are treatable and preventable in other parts of the world.

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