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AccorHotels Raises $836k For Cure Kids Fiji

The AccorHotels Fiji Race to Survive to Cure Kids event raised over $836,000 to continue the life-saving work in Fiji. This was the 10th Anniversary of the Race to Survive
30 Oct 2016 11:00
AccorHotels Raises $836k For Cure Kids Fiji
100 Competitors and Crew during the Race to Survive Fiji 2016. Photo:Skyward Industries

The AccorHotels Fiji Race to Survive to Cure Kids event raised over $836,000 to continue the life-saving work in Fiji.

This was the 10th Anniversary of the Race to Survive which began in 2006 and has now raised over $2.5 million for Cure Kids Fiji.

The five day event ended at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa yesterday with the motto – It’s for the kids! Event director Murray Davison said: “We have been truly amazed at the generosity by so many Fiji companies who have donated both their products and services over the five days.

“With this support, we can ensure the money raised by our competitors prior to and during the event goes to Cure Kids so they can continue their amazing work here in Fiji.”

AccorHotels Senior Vice President Chris Sedgwick and Cure Kids chief executive officer Frances Benge, in a joint statement said: “We are incredibly proud of the partnership between AccorHotels and Cure Kids.

“These events co-ordinated by AccorHotels raise the much needed funds Cure Kids Fiji require to continue their work in Rheumatic Heart Disease screening here in Fiji.”

Mr Sedgwick said: “During the past five days, I am humbled by the way the Fijian community supports our events, and amazed at the commitment of our hotel staff to not only work tirelessly for months prior to the event to fundraise, but also the effort they put in during the event. They overcame many personal challenges with one goal – to make a difference to the children of Fiji”.

The competitors started at Novotel Nadi on Monday, return to the mainland from South Sea Island.

The final leg of the race from Sigatoka included a stop at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes as they run through this important historical ecological site of Fiji.

Prior to arriving at Denarau Island, the final stop was at the Momi Bay Zip Line where all 100 competitors and crew had the opportunity to experience another world class Fijian tourism activity which showcases the beauty of the Fijian Islands. This event is held every two years.

 Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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