Giving Back To Fiji: Deo

The brainchild of the sevens fundraiser says her group deserve praise more than she does.
07 Mar 2020 12:55
Giving Back To Fiji: Deo
Rohini Deo (right) with Vancouver Province journalist Patrick Johnston on March 6, 2020. Photo: Asuad Ali

The brainchild of the sevens fundraiser says her group deserve praise more than she does.

Rohini Deo said while it was her idea to gift the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team a few years back, it’s her group that made her dream all possible.

“It all came about with a simple thought and that was during my vacation in Australia”, she said.

“It was in 2016, I decided it would be a great idea to do something for Olympic champions”.

She says she shared her thoughts with her friends upon her return to Vancouver and while the idea was well-received, it was not until last year that they got a working group formed, who were all up for the idea.

“Honestly, it didn’t happen in the first few years, it all came about in the last two years and the success of it is before us.”

Deo said the event has since involved the community.

“We received great response; community support helped us raise money in the two years running of the fundraiser.”

Deo said it’s her love for Fiji and sevens rugby that really inspired her to gift the players during the Canada Sevens in Vancouver.


“I was born and raised in Fiji, I love Fiji and I love sevens rugby. What better feeling to give the players on behalf of all Canadians.”

She said the team gives out their all, event after event and what little they do is out of love for the game and appreciation to the players who represent.

“It’s the least we could do to appreciate their hard work, they are amazing athletes, who continue to proud us.

“Giving out of pure heart is what it matters, I feel good and we all should feel good about the givings.”

A partial amount was handed to the players last night and the rest will be given following the completion of the Canada Sevens on Monday.

Edited by Osea Bola


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