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Grog Buddies Donate $9000 to Children With Cancer

Grog Buddies Donate $9000 to Children With Cancer
The group made the cheque donation of $9000 to the CWM Hospital Children’s Ward officials on November, 30, 2017. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala
December 02
15:59 2017

 

A group of friends donated a cheque of $9000 to the CWM Hospital Children’s Ward for children suffering from cancer.

The 20 friends came up with the idea to do something of the sort during their grog sessions.

Ronald Kumar said: “We have been drinking grog most of the time, and we had the thought of assisting the kids who are suffering from cancer.

“All the friends have that in common and we want to assist.”

Mr Kumar said it was all about giving back to society and assisting the unfortunate.

“We are just giving back to the society from our good hearts without any expectations,” he said at the hand over at Bayview Heights in Suva on Thursday.

“We want to help make a difference in the lives of the nation’s childhood cancer patients, survivors and their families.”

The group have plans to register as a non-profit organisation so they can continue with the vision they’ve had over their drinking sessions.

Dr Miri Thaggard of the Children’s Ward applauded the group’s initiative.

“Your gift is critical in helping us achieve our mission of healing and providing hope to every child and family we serve, whether that means helping us provide a more stable heart or a more stable home. Your generosity has the power to save lives,” Dr Thaggard said.

Yesterday, she said about 30 children with cancer were admitted with the oldest being 16-years-old and the youngest being two-years-old.

Dr Thaggard said the three types of cancer found in children include; blood cancer, brain tumours, and lymphomas.

This week they had a new patient who had kidney cancer, with the ward receiving new cases every week.

She added the treatment cost for children with cancer was free, but there were other hidden costs which could become a burden especially for parents who were not so fortunate.

The donation will go to the ‘Fiji Children’s Overseas Treatment Trust Fund’ which is managed through the hospital medical superintendent.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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