Ex­ec­u­tives raise $2000 within min­utes for Sof­i­tel’s Cure Kids Fiji ini­tia­tive

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The Ac­cor Group’s Cure Kids Fiji ini­tia­tive got a boost from a $2000 do­na­tion made by ex­ec­u­tives at­tend­ing the 2016 Top Ex­ec­u­tives (TOPEX) Con­fer­ence. The two-day event con­cluded on Satur­day evening at the Sof­i­tel Fiji Re­sort and Spa and the del­e­gates raised $2000 within min­utes. TOPEX is a ma­jor event of the Fiji Com­merce and Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion. The money was handed over the re­sort gen­eral man­ager, Alan Bur­rows, who was very hum­bled by the kind ges­ture shown by the busi­ness com­mu­nity. Mr Bur­rows said ev­ery do­na­tion helps and goes to­wards for the bet­ter health of chil­dren in Fiji. “We work on rheumatic heart dis­ease which is a pre­ventable dis­ease in chil­dren if you catch it early and this money goes to­wards that ef­fort,” he said. “This goes to­wards mo­bile clinic, ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes and just hav­ing med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als on the ground do­ing test­ing.” The Ac­cor Group got in­volved with Cure Kids Fiji ini­tia­tive 10 years ago. Mr Bur­rows con­firmed they have man­aged to raise over $2.5 mil­lion over this past 10 years.

“It’s been a big ef­fort but we are happy with the sup­port we have been re­ceiv­ing for this wor­thy cause,” he said. “I do en­cour­age more cor­po­rates to come for­ward and help be­cause it is go­ing for chil­dren’s health.We need them for our fu­ture.”

Events

Ev­ery two years, the Ac­cor Group staff mem­bers from Aus­tralia and New Zealand par­tic­i­pate in “Raise to Sur­vive” for a week. Mr Bur­rows ex­plained these staff have to raise a cer­tain amount of money and then they come to Fiji and they do com­mu­nity work as well as have a bit of fun, run­ning, swim­ming, kayak­ing.

This year, the event is sched­uled to start on Oc­to­ber 23 and so Mr Bur­rows said this was very timely.

Photo: ARISHMA DEVI-NARAYAN

Fiji Com­merce and Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion Trustee and busi­ness­man Hafiz Khan with Sof­i­tel Fiji Re­sort and Spa gen­eral man­ager Alan Bur­rows at the 2016 Top Ex­ec­u­tives (TOPEX) Con­fer­ence at the Sof­i­tel Fiji Re­sort and Spa on Denarau Is­land over the week­end.

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