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Accor Extreme challenge starts

By LITIA MATHEWSELL Over 50 people are today embarking on a five-day trek from Suva to Nadi for the fourth biennial Accor Extreme Challenge to Cure Kids Fiji Islands. The
15 Oct 2012 09:02

Some of the teams taking part in the Extreme Challenge to raise funds for Cure Kids Fiji. Photo:Courtesy of MOIRA LEE

By LITIA MATHEWSELL

Over 50 people are today embarking on a five-day trek from Suva to Nadi for the fourth biennial Accor Extreme Challenge to Cure Kids Fiji Islands.
The quest is a fundraising drive by Accor Hotel staff in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, who join local sponsoring companies in trying to raise $300,000 for sick and underprivileged children.
Following months of intense preparations by participants, the trek involves a series of surprise physical challenges for the 26 teams of two taking part.
According to New Zealand and Fiji Accor vice-president Garth Simmons, the challenge is a key part of their company’s vision and ensures they gave back to the communities they live and work in.
Money raised from previous Accor Challenges has funded the refurbishments of the Nadi Maternity Unit and a pilot study into screening rheumatic heart disease (RHD), in light of the high local prevalence of the disease.
Money from this year’s Accor Challenge will go towards the continuous funding of the RHD screening programme and maintenance work for medical equipment donated to the Nadi District Hospital, Lautoka Hospital and Colonial War Memorial Hospital.
The total amount raised will be announced at a dinner at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa this Friday, before being handed over to Cure Kids Fiji.
Cure Kids chief executive officer Vicki Lee said they were proud and humbled by the support from Accor over the past six years.
The event is co-sponsored by Rosie Holidays, ATS Pacific, Star Printery, UB Freight, Digicel, Yees Cold Storage and Rentokil Initial.

By LITIA MATHEWSELL

Over 50 people are today embarking on a five-day trek from Suva to Nadi for the fourth biennial Accor Extreme Challenge to Cure Kids Fiji Islands.
The quest is a fundraising drive by Accor Hotel staff in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, who join local sponsoring companies in trying to raise $300,000 for sick and underprivileged children.
Following months of intense preparations by participants, the trek involves a series of surprise physical challenges for the 26 teams of two taking part.
According to New Zealand and Fiji Accor vice-president Garth Simmons, the challenge is a key part of their company’s vision and ensures they gave back to the communities they live and work in.
Money raised from previous Accor Challenges has funded the refurbishments of the Nadi Maternity Unit and a pilot study into screening rheumatic heart disease (RHD), in light of the high local prevalence of the disease.
Money from this year’s Accor Challenge will go towards the continuous funding of the RHD screening programme and maintenance work for medical equipment donated to the Nadi District Hospital, Lautoka Hospital and Colonial War Memorial Hospital.
The total amount raised will be announced at a dinner at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa this Friday, before being handed over to Cure Kids Fiji.
Cure Kids chief executive officer Vicki Lee said they were proud and humbled by the support from Accor over the past six years.
The event is co-sponsored by Rosie Holidays, ATS Pacific, Star Printery, UB Freight, Digicel, Yees Cold Storage and Rentokil Initial.




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