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Fundraiser Planned For People With Disabilities

Fundraiser Planned For People With Disabilities
Former All Blacks and Samoa Rugby Union international, Sir Michael Jones, will be the chief guest at the charity ball
July 14
11:28 2018

In a bid to raise funds for people living with spinal in­juries, the Viti Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji (VS­IAF) will host its annual Old Skool Ball next Friday.

The money raised will be used to improve homes for spinal injury patients for greater comfort and ease of access.

Association president Paul McGoon said spinal injury patients were usually young and in their most productive stage of life.

“In most cases, these patients are severely dis­criminated against be­cause of their disabilities, their conditions of poverty or the difficulties they face in trying to access support services and facilities.”

So far the association has delivered more than 600 pieces of equipment and projects which have assist­ed more than 300 patients and 22 institutions in the Central and Northern divisions.

“The association primarily targets rural and disadvan­taged urban communities where poverty is common and access to support services and facilities is almost impossi­ble,” Mr McGoon said.

“We are calling on corporate bodies and the general public to support the event and assist in raising funds to improve the lives of people living with spinal injuries. It is an event not to be missed.”

The association expects at least 250 to 300 people to attend the event and enjoy a night of entertainment and charity.

Meanwhile, former All Black and Samoa Rugby Union in­ternational, Sir Michael Jones, will be the chief guest for the night at the Grand Pacific Hotel ball room.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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