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Grateful Mums Praise WOWS Kids Fiji Works

Grateful Mums Praise WOWS Kids Fiji Works
Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Mike Greig holding hands with four-year-old Alisi Ravouvou as he presents the cheque to WOWS Kids Fiji team leader Viola Lesi at the Digicel Fiji headquarters at Nabua on September 6, 2018. Photo: Swashna Chand
September 07
10:00 2018

Shareen Lata had lost all hope when her two-year old son, Rishav Lal, was diagnosed with bone cancer last December.

“I learned that treating the can­cer would be an expensive exercise and I would never be able to afford it,” she said.

“Last December I saw blood clots and rashes on my son’s body and straight away I took him to the hospital where I received the very sad news.”

Doctors and nurses suggested that she should seek help from WOWS Kids Fiji which gave Rishav a new lifeline.

Yesterday they were present when WOWS Kids received a cheque of $14,400 from Digicel Fiji held at Nabua Digicel Fiji Headquarters. Ms Lata said she was grateful to organisations like Digicel for their financial contributions which had helped WOWS Kids assist families like hers.

“I do not know how to express my happiness to WOWS kids because they have helped me a lot in all the treatments required for my kid,” she said.

“My son is 50 per cent better now with the help of WOWS Kids and more five years is left for the treat­ment.”

WOWS Kids Fiji a non-profit Charity Foundation for children with cancer in Fiji was established in 2014. It is assisting more than 50 plus children and their families.

Another parent who was present at the event was Alinda Verevi­naka. She said her four-year-old daughter, Alisi Ravouvou was di­agnosed with kidney cancer last year November.

“We had no idea at first and we came to Nausori where they in­formed us that she had a boil in the liver, hence she was taken di­rectly to CWM for further tests,” she said.

“I was very shocked when the doc­tors she said she had kidney cancer and I did not know what to do.

“My daughter could not eat prop­erly and does not play like other kids, but after the treatment she was better”.

Ms Verevinaka said WOWS kids were like angels sent from heaven.

“They have done everything for us and now my daughter is 99 per cent free from cancer,” she said.

WOWS Kids Fiji team leader Vio­la Lesi said they intend to use the donated money for transportation and medication for the patients and shopping vouchers for the cancer patient’s parents.

“We are incredibly humbled by the generosity and commitment Digicel has done to raise funds for our children,” she said.

“We would like to show our heart­felt gratitude to Digicel.”

Digicel Fiji chief executive of­ficer Mike Greig said: “We saw a need to help WOWS Kids and they deserve it like we all do in hard times.

“I was pleased with the staff of Digicel who came together par­ticularly for WOWS Kids and they put a lot of incentive themselves which showed the right commu­nity spirit.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: swashna.chand@fijisun.com.fj

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