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‘Christmas At Vomo’ For Children Living With RHD

VOMO Island Fiji also presented a cheque for the sum of FJ$17,710 to Cure Kids Fiji, a result of 12-month fundraising efforts through guest contributions, room night donations, and the Mt VOMO Sunrise Challenge.
17 Dec 2019 10:34
‘Christmas At Vomo’ For Children Living With RHD
Christmas at Vomo for children with RHD. Photo: Lanza Coffin

Forty children and adolescents living with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) enjoyed a day in the Mamanuca Islands today, at the annual ‘Christmas at VOMO’ event by VOMO Island & Captain Cook Cruises, supported by Fijiana Women’s Rugby & VOU Dance Company.

VOMO Island Fiji also presented a cheque for the sum of FJ$17,710 to Cure Kids Fiji, a result of 12-month fundraising efforts through guest contributions, room night donations, and the Mt VOMO Sunrise Challenge.

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.

Cure “VOMO and Cure Kids Fiji have had a long relationship” says General Manager Justin King

“They are a key charitable partner of our small resort as the successes they have achieved are well beyond the sum of their parts. It is an honor to meet some of the young people that have been directly supported by Cure Kids Fiji, and it is our great pleasure to see them enjoy the island for the day.”

The children were joined by Fiji Airways’ Fijiana 15’s women’s rugby stars and mentors, Lailanie Burnes & Torika Semo, as well as Navi Fong, VOU Dancer and choreographer, who together lead mentorship sessions to inspire and coach the children.

“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, so it’s important we bring the children together to develop peer-to-peer networks for support and encouragement,” says Jennifer Miller, Cure Kids Fiji.

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

Photo: Lanza Coffin

Photo: Lanza Coffin



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