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