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RHD Patients Go On Cruise, Receive $25k Boost

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji transported 20 children and adolescents living with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) to the Mamanuca Islands over the weekend for the annual ‘Christmas at Vomo’ organised by
12 Dec 2018 10:00
RHD Patients Go On Cruise, Receive $25k Boost
Children and adolescents living with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) on board Captain Cook Cruises on their way to Vomo Island.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji transported 20 children and adolescents living with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) to the Mamanuca Islands over the weekend for the annual ‘Christmas at Vomo’ organised by Vomo Island and Cure Kids Fiji.

Vomo Island Resort General Manager Mark Leslie said, “Vomo Island Fiji is dedicated to assisting the Cure Kids Fiji cause, whilst bringing some extra joy to the lives of those living with illnesses.”

The resort presented a cheque for the sum of $25,000 to Cure Kids Fiji.

“These funds as well as Vomo’s ongoing support will go a long way to helping Cure Kids Fiji extend the reach of their vital child health programs in Fiji, and ultimately save lives.”

The money was the result of 12-months of fundraising efforts through guest contributions, room night donations, and the Mt Vomo Sunrise Challenge.

Cure Kids Fiji sponsorship manager Jennifer Miller, said, “Many young people living with RHD express feelings of isolation and pressure to keep their diagnosis secret for fear that they will be treated differently by their peers.

Events such as these are an excellent to develop peer-to-peer networks for support and encouragement.”

“We are grateful to be able to continue this event year on year with the support of Vomo Island Fiji and Captain Cook Cruises Fiji, without whom it would not have been possible,” she added.

 

Early Christmas at Vomo for

Children Living with RHD

The children were joined by Fiji Airways’ Fijiana 15’s women’s rugby stars and mentors, Lailanie Burnes and Torkia Semo.

Meanwhile, Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a serious heart condition that affects 1 in 50 children in Fiji, one of the highest known rates in the world and a leading cause of death for our young people. In Fiji, at least 60 deaths a year are attributed to RHD.

In 2014, a five-year partnership between Cure Kids Fiji & Ministry of Health and Medical Services commenced, with the aim of preventing and reducing the impact of RHD in Fiji through early detection, clinical care, and support and counselling to diagnosed children & their families.

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