Help raise awareness on “childhood cancer” – wear a gold ribbon.
Wearing a gold ribbon throughout the month of August means you support a special child in Fiji
battling cancer. A gold ribbon raises awareness on the deadly disease and is the symbol of hope
for many of our young patients.
This month, WOWS KIDS (FIJI) is dedicating its efforts on raising awareness on the disease in a
bid to get the public informed on this.
This year’s childhood cancer month was launched by HE President Jioji Konrote at the Tanoa
Plaza Hotel in Suva on July 20th, 2018.
“People should join us as we celebrate our 10th Year Anniversary, we have heaps of events lined
up throughout the month of August through to September. One of the main events we are
hosting is the Suva WOWS Walk/Fun Run that will be held on September 1st 2018 followed by
our Shave or Save (SOS) Campaign shaving session right after the walk and the WOWS KIDS
(FIJI) Superhero Black Tie Ball that will be hosted at the Holiday Inn later on that night” Viola
Lesi, Team Leader of WOWS KIDS (FIJI) said.
“We are calling on members of the public and business houses to also join our SOS Campaign
where you nominate someone and fundraise to have them shave their hair” Ms. Lesi adds.
When you purchase and wear a gold ribbon during the month of August, not only are you
raising awareness on childhood cancer, you are also donating money to the services WOWS
KIDS (FIJI) offers to children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Some of the services WOWS KIDS (FIJI) offers are weekly shopping vouchers and phone credit
top ups, fees for diagnostic tests that cannot be done at our public hospitals, transportation
and this includes boat fares and air fares for children from the outer islands, medication fees
and also with funeral expenses if a child succumbs to the disease.
The gold ribbons are available at the WOWS KIDS (FIJI) Resource Centre at 251 Rewa Street,
Suva, at their information booths during the Nasinu Festival and also at the upcoming Hibiscus
Festival for $5 per ribbon.
While, The International Childhood Cancer Month is in September, we in Fiji commemorate
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in August for a very special reason.
On 16th August 2008, Tae Kami, daughter of Mr. Taholo Kami and Mrs. Sina Kami, the cofounders
of WOWS Kids (Fiji), succumbed to cancer of the sinus at the age of 15. She is the
inspiration for the establishment of WOWS Kids (Fiji).
This year also marks another milestone – the 10th Year Anniversary for WOWS KIDS (FIJI) – a
decade of supporting patients and survivors of childhood cancer.
As part of their awareness and celebrations, the only child cancer foundation organization is
hosting their WOWS walk/fun run throughout August – one of the highlight activities as they
raise awareness on childhood cancer.