Event fundraising

The Fiji Times » Event aims to raise cancer awareness

Yesterday the Motibhai Group organized the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea event to raise awareness and funds for the Fiji Cancer Society (FCS).

A representative of Motibhai Group, Rhea Pillai, said that they started the partnership with FCS in 2006 and it has continued to this day.

“There are so many ways to promote cancer awareness, and one of them is having a fundraising event like this morning tea that’s getting really popular,” she said.

“We would like more organizations large, medium and small to host morning tea over the next four months before this campaign officially ends in August this year.”

CWM urologist Dr Rajeev Patel said cancer was generally a taboo subject in Fiji and the Pacific Islands and over the past 15 to 20 years patients have been diagnosed with late stages of cancer.

“What this event does is it raises awareness about the signs and symptoms of cancer,” he said.

“That’s what we really want to tell people – what is cancer, what are the signs and symptoms and what are the treatments for it.”

The purpose of the event this year was to raise funds for 12 oxygen concentrators for the three divisions in Fiji. The campaign, which officially ends in August, aims to raise $60,000.