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Classic Wallabies’ charity dinner brings hope

Classic Wallabies’ charity dinner brings hope
Former Wallaby Adam Freier, Resident Manager Chris Hamilton, National Kidney Research and Treatment Centre Director/Nephrologist Dr Amrish Krishnan, Radike Samo, Geoff Harmer, Debbie Harmer, and Samu Kerevi at the Charity event. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
September 01
11:15 2018

The charity benefit dinner for Fiji Kidney Research and Treatment Centre with the Classic Wallabies hosted by Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa, on Yanuca Island, raised over $10,000.

The ‘Evening with the Classic Wallabies’ was held on Thurs­day at the Golden Cowrie Coastal Italian restaurant with the presence of Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi and former Fijian-born stars Lote Tuqiri and Radike Samo.

Resident manager Chris Hamilton said the partnership is part of Shangri-La’s Embrace Care for People project and is being done in partnership with the Classic Wallabies.

“When Stephen Hoiles (Classic Wallabies manager) first reached to us regarding this tour, as a Wallaby supporter we had to make sure there is a real meaning to this trip,” he said.

“Country like Fiji has relationship with the Australian peo­ple and also so much to achieve in rugby. We (Shangri-La’s) are big supporters of the community and the people we live in.

“We told the Classics’ Wallabies what we wanted to do and our vision in raising money to support dialysis treatment for children in Fiji.”

Hamilton said their partnership enabled them to raise $10, 149. He said all monies raised from the benefit will support on­going dialysis treatment for children in Fiji.


Former Wallaby hooker Adam Freier said, it was a privilege to be connecting with community.

“Raising money for worthy cause and in this case for the di­alysis for kids is a strong message.”

National Kidney Research and Treatment Centre director/ nephrologist Dr Amrish Krishnan was overwhelmed with the gesture undertaken by the resort and the Classic Wallabies team.

“I’ve been in this for 18 years and over the years I’ve strug­gled to look for help from people and even went to other av­enues as well.

“When I was young I want to be saving people’s lives but to­night you guys are saving lives.”

Dr Krishnan added that in the country, 500 new and end stage kidney disease cases are reported annually.

These cases usually require transplants. Dialysis treatment is expensive and unaffordable for 80 percent patients of the pa­tients. Diabetics are at the highest risk of developing kidney disease which is amongst the top three causes of mortality in the country.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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