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Gifts For Nadi Cancer Children

Give them Love, Give them Hope, Give them a reason to Smile was the catchphrase used by a group of companies in Nadi last Saturday to help fulfil the wishes
20 Apr 2015 12:12
Gifts For Nadi Cancer Children

Give them Love, Give them Hope, Give them a reason to Smile was the catchphrase used by a group of companies in Nadi last Saturday to help fulfil the wishes of three children suffering from cancer.

The children are between the ages of three and 17 and are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital.

The companies made their wishes come true.

Yees Cold Storage Seafood Limited initiated the help and supported by Unilever – the world’s biggest ice cream manufacturer (Streets Ice cream), Novotel Hotel Nadi, Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, McDonald’s Fiji Nadi outlet, Fiji Sun and Vodafone Fiji.

In a first for Fiji, the companies worked with the hospital to identify the wishes of children suffering from cancer. They then make the wishes come true.

The first to be helped were Ananaiyasa Mocei, 3, of Sabeto Village, Nadi, and Tanya Kumar, 7, of Lautoka received a bicycle while Timoci Ratu (Junior), 9, of Nadala Village, Nadarivatu, was given an iPad.

Yees Cold Storage director Doreen Yee was pleased with their social responsibility towards the very young cancer patients.

“We checked with the hospital and they told us that no company in Fiji makes a wish come true for sick children like they do in from Australia and New Zealand,” an emotional Ms Yee said.

Unilever helped through the sale of Pink Magnum ice cream where part of the sale proceeds went towards helping children with cancer.

“We designed our own form, liaised with Dr Taito Rigamoto at the Lautoka Hospital and got the parents to fill the form which included the wishes of their children.”

Because Timoci and his family travelled all the way from his village in the Viti Levu highlands, they were accommodated and treated to breakfast at the four-star Novotel Hotel.

“Sofitel then showed the children around their five-star resort and treated them with drinks,” Ms Yee said.

“McDonald’s came on board with free lunch and face painting. Afterwards, the children were taken down to Yee’s Headquarters at Namaka where the presentation was made.

“Vodafone gave one of the boys an iPad and a three-month WiFi subscription so that he could continue his school work.

“Most people think that money is the only way to help people to recover, but granting a sick child’s wish is something different. It gives them a different level of treatment and helps them to recover,” Ms Yee said.

She said the companies did not receive anything in return, but satisfaction in seeing the emotions, the smiles and the happiness of the children and their parents.

Senimili Nalati, mother of Ananaiyasa, could not control her tears when her son received his wish.

“He was surprised when the gift was given to him. He recently completed his chemotherapy, which lasted five months,” she said.

“We have spent most of our time in the hospital. He has tumour that is causing his belly to swell.”

Kumar’s mother, Shivani Prasad said: “My daughter is better than before. I am happy that she is being treated. My only prayer to God is that my daughter is healed. Last August her neck got swollen, we took her to the hospital and after a blood test the doctors found an infection. They tested her bone marrow and found symptoms of cancer, so they started chemotherapy.”

Salote Ratu, Timoci’s mother, said they had spent a lot to try and heal her son.

“My son started losing weight and his stomach started growing bigger, so I took him to the health centre. He was transferred to the Tavua Hospital and then Lautoka Hospital where I was told of his illness,” she said.

“Coming from Nadarivatu to Lautoka has been hard for my husband and I. We face a lot of difficulties financially and most of the time the nurses at the hospital help us. My son is suffering from Stage III blood cancer. I haven’t sent him to school since the start of this year.

“He wanted an iPad and his wish came true today, which made him really happy,” she said.

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