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WOWS fundraising efforts reach over $300,000 - Aug 10

The "Walk On Walk Strong" fundraising efforts for children with cancer has produced an income of $345,000.

Chairman of WOWS Matt Wilson said this is a preliminary figure because donations are still coming in.

Wilson said the biggest contribution of $223,169.35 came from the listeners of Communications Fiji Limited which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Viti FM and Radio Sargam.

Wilson said they have now allocated an initial $40,000 to establish a support center for children with cancer and their families.

He said they have negotiated with the Fiji Crippled Children’s Society to use part of their premises at the Hilton Center.

According to Wilson, they have also delivered four wheelchairs to the CWM Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Ward and two to the Lautoka hospital.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

FDB donates $3,000 to WOWS - Aug 10

The Fiji Development Bank has donated $3,000 towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign this afternoon.

According to general manager Finance and Administration Saiyad Hussein, a dinner fundraising was held which was attended by some children from the Fiji Cancer Society.

Hussein added that this was the bank’s way of saying to the kids with cancer that they care.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

Richmond students donate to WOWS campaign - Aug 09

The donation from Richmond Methodist School in Kadavu for the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign has arrived a few minutes ago to Communications Fiji Limited and presented by students of the school.

Principal Milika Boletawa said the students gave from their hearts because they care for the children of Fiji with cancer and want to see them treated.

$226 was collected by the students and teachers of Richmond Methodist School for children with cancer.

Story by: Tokasa Rainima

Resource centre for children with cancer to be setup soon - Aug 09

Part of the dream of 15-year-old Tae Kami who died of cancer will be realized this year as the first ever resource centre to provide for the children living with cancer and their parents will be set up in Suva soon.

Many parents who have to stay in Suva for months due to the continuing treatment of their child will now have the centre which can look after the needs of the child and their parents as they may be away from home for months without any source of funds.

Tae’s mother and founder of the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign Sina Kami said Hilton Special School has provided part of their building space for the WOWS committee to set up a resource centre after hearing about the worthy cause.

The needs of the children and their parents are also being identified and they too will soon be assisted through the donations received.

This is also being made possible through the contributions of the listeners of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam and Viti FM.

We today presented the cheque of $223,169.35 to Sina Kami on behalf of all the people who donated during the stations’ nationwide appeal.

Sina, who started the campaign with the name of the song her 15-year-old daughter Tae wrote and sang while battling cancer, was in tears when she was presented the cheque.

During the presentation, Sina read out a letter from her daughter’s diary before she passed away in 2008.

Sina Kami said she would like to thank everyone in Fiji for giving towards this cause.

Meanwhile, Communications Fiji Limited general manager Ian Jackson said it is so heartwarming to see the people backing this cause to assist the children living with cancer and their families.

About 40 to 45 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in Fiji.

Most of these children come from the poorest of the poor in the country and they need assistance.

Story by: Vijay Narayan & Filipe Naikaso

Flight attendants donate to WOWS campaign - Aug 08

A group of flight attendants have decided to donate towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Senior flight attendant Salesia Nakalevu said 12 of them decided to give towards this cause as it helps children who are suffering from cancer.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

SGS students and teachers to assist WOWS campaign - Aug 08

Students and teachers of Suva Grammar School will play their part to assist the children living with cancer by having a mufti and all contributions to go towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Assistant Principal Mika Mudreilagi said they decided to make their contribution this week as the students had exams last week.

Story by: Vijay Narayan

CFL family to present WOWS contributions today - Aug 08

The Communications Fiji Limited family of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam and Viti FM will today present the contributions of our listeners through our nationwide appeal towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign founders Sina and Taholo Kami today.

The total amount given by the listeners will also be revealed today.

Meanwhile, the "Walk On Walk Strong" team has so far raised $80,000 from their "Shave It or Save It" campaign last Saturday.

Story by: Vijay Narayan

Donations still coming in for children with cancer - Aug 07

Donations are still coming in to assist the children living with cancer.

This morning staff of Fletcher Pacific Steel Limited donated $250.

Production manager Mukhtar Khan said this is the initiative of 40 staff.

Khan added that 11 staff also shaved their heads to raise money.

The "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign has brought many people together towards a worthy cause to assist families and the children living with cancer.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso & Praneeta Deo

WOWS team raises $80,000 - Aug 07

The "Walk On Walk Strong" team has so far raised $80,000 from their "Shave It or Save It" campaign last Saturday.

WOWS founder Sina Kami said this amount is expected to increase as donations are still coming.

Kami said this funds were raised from the "Shave It or Save It" campaign and some of the merchandise they sold.

Meanwhile, the Communications Fiji Limited family of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam and Viti FM will present the contributions of its listeners through the nationwide appeal towards the cause to the founder of the campaign Sina Kami tomorrow.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

Nadroga Arya College gives for WOWS - Aug 07

As donations continue to pour in for the CFL WOWS cancer appeal, the students and staff of Nadroga Arya College have donated a sum of $532 for the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Teacher and coordinator Pritika Mudliar said that the students and staff want to help people battling cancer as they have seen their own teacher’s experience with cancer.

Thirty-year-old Mudliar, who had contracted Human Papiloma Virus in 2008, said that she had already reached the third stage and the virus was just a stage away from developing into cancer.

Mudliar said that she had an operation last year and has a checkup done every six months now and has also started encouraging women to go for pap smear tests.

Story by: Sneh Chaudhry

Many continue to donate to WOWS campaign - Aug 06

Donations continue to come in for the Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam and Viti FM "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

With the official event ending on Saturday, many are still donating towards the cause in trying to help raise money for children living with cancer and help the founders of "Walk On Walk Strong" accomplish the dream of the late Tae Kami.

People from all walks of life donated towards the CFL family’s "Walk On Walk Strong" nationwide radio appeal on Saturday.

Hundreds participated in the Nausori to Suva street appeal while thousands donated in Suva, Nausori, Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Sigatoka, Navua and Labasa after hearing the stories about cancer patients and their families.

Many people were waiting for us when we arrived in the different towns and cities saying they want to play their part and assist in this worthy cause after hearing about the radio appeal.

In Lautoka, amongst the thousands who gave was a man on a wheelchair whose legs were amputated.

He asked his son to drop him off in the city so that he can come and see the CFL team and also make his donation.

A female beggar in Rakiraki donated $50 to our team based there over the weekend.

A man whose wife suffers from cancer also donated.

80 Rakiraki drivers donated $375.

The wheelbarrow boys from the Suva market came forward and donated $100 saying that they wanted to play their part after hearing about what the children and their families are going through.

International School Suva gave $1,000 while a group of market vendors donated $15 from what they had just earned that morning.

Also, the Newtown Rugby Club and the Ba Soccer Association raised funds for the cause.

CFL business development manager Charles Taylor said the support and response from the public has been overwhelming.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Tae Kami’s last wish before passing away is slowly becoming a reality.

Kami, who battled cancer for three years and passed away in 2008, had a wish that a centre for children with cancer or long-term illness be set up.

Now her mother Sina and father Taholo Kami have been raising funds through the cause to try and fulfill their daughter’s dream and help the children affected by cancer.

With the 2012 WOWS official appeal ending on Saturday, Sina Kami said if her daughter was alive, she would have been very happy.

The CFL family thanks you for coming forward and assisting this cause.

Further announcements on the total amount collected and other details will be released in the next few days.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso, Vijay Narayan & Ronal Deo

Thousands donate towards CFL WOWS nationwide appeal - Aug 04

People from all walks of life today donated towards Communications Fiji Limited’s "Walk On Walk Strong" nationwide appeal for children living with cancer.

Many that came forward had connections to this killer disease while others gave trying to help children that are suffering with cancer.

The CFL family which had teams based in Suva, Nausori, Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Navua, Sigatoka and Labasa had a successful appeal with people giving various amounts.

CFL business development manager Charles Taylor said they are just shocked with the support and response from the public.

Legend FM breakfast host Alex Elbourne not only shaved his head but also had something else shaved for the "Shave It or Save It" campaign.

Also, FM96 personalities Amelia and Maree shaved their heads.

Despite the rainy cold wet conditions in the capital city, hundreds braved the rain just to be part of the CFL family street appeal from Nausori to Suva with the team arriving at the home of Fijivillage a few minutes ago.

Meanwhile, thousands of people this morning took part in the "Walk On Walk Strong" walk from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena.

"Walk On Walk Strong" founder Sina Kami said the turnout has just been overwhelming.

16-year-old cancer patient Esther Lagi who had wished for a wheelchair got more than she had asked for this morning.

This is after Brumbies winger and former Queen Victoria School student Henry Speight presented the wheelchair to her which was donated by the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Esther Lagi said at first she was excited about getting her new wheelchair but when she saw Henry Speight presenting it, she was over the moon.

Lagi, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, said to see the amount of people supporting this cause is just unbelievable.

Brumbies Winger Henry Speight said the campaign should not end here.

Meanwhile, donations from all over the country continue to pour in towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign which helps raise funds for children living with cancer.

People from all walks of life have visited the home of Fijivillage at 231 Waimanu Road or locations in Suva, Nausori, Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Navua, Sigatoka and Labasa to give whatever they can.

A female beggar in Rakiraki today donated $50 to our team based there.

Also, a man whose wife suffers from cancer also donated.

80 Rakiraki drivers donated $375.

Today students of Richmond Methodist School in Kadavu have also started their own campaign.

Principal Milika Boletawa said the students were encouraged after listening to reports from our sister station Viti FM.

The students will present their donations to the home of Fijivillage next week.

41 people have all shaved their heads for the "Shave It or Save It" campaign at the Vodafone Arena

This included FM96 announcers Amelia and Maree.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

WOWS nationwide appeal underway to help cancer children - Aug 04

A nationwide appeal to raise funds for children living with cancer is underway.

Thousands of people this morning took part in the "Walk On Walk Strong" walk from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena.

"Walk On Walk Strong" founder Sina Kami said the turnout has just been overwhelming and that people continue to pour into the arena to show their support.

According to Kami, 41 people are expected to shave their heads this hour which includes Legend FM breakfast host Ateca Tukana and FM96 announcers Amelia and Maree.

Brumbies winger and former Queen Victoria School student Henry Speight is currently taking part in the walk from the arena to Suva Grammar and has already shaved his head in Australia.

In the next hour, the Communications Fiji Limited family will start their street appeal walk from Nausori to Suva.

Today the CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will also be based at locations in Suva, Nausori, Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Navua, Sigatoka and Labasa to help raise funds for children living with cancer.

Meanwhile, last night hundreds of music lovers turned out at the Vodafone Arena to watch Pacific pop princess Vanessa Quai perform and raise funds for children living with cancer.

Vude Queen Laisa Vulakoro also performed with other local bands where the crowd danced away throughout the entire night.

Fijivillage caught up with some people who had this to say about the performance and the campaign.

More people are continuing to come forward to the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road to make donations for the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

More people coming forward to make WOWS donations - Aug 03

More people are continuing to come forward to the home of Fijivillage at 231 Waimanu Road since last night till now to make donations for the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Last night, 90 wheelbarrow boys in Suva gathered and donated all they could from the little they earn for children with cancer.

Association president Jone Vakasa said they were touched when they heard about the campaign on our sister station Viti FM and decided to do something to help these children.

Also this morning, $4,700 was donated from proceeds of a concert that was held in Pacific Harbour on Sunday.

Presenting the money to Communications Fiji Limited, Pacific Harbour resident and intestinal cancer survivor Derreck Wadman said as a healthy active person, he was shocked to accept that he had been diagnosed with cancer, and could not accept the fact that of all people to get cancer, it had to be him.

15 months ago, Wadman had surgery at the CWM Hospital and contributes his well being today and avoiding chemotherapy to Dr Waqanibete and his support staff.

Also this morning, Latter Days Saints Primary School teacher Gerald Nathan visited CFL to contribute to the campaign.

Nathan said early this week, they found out that Class Three student Aluisa Kalouniviti was diagnosed with throat cancer and they wanted to do their small part in helping children like their classmate who is now at the CWM Hospital.

A nationwide appeal will also be held tomorrow.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am tomorrow.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and tomorrow to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide tomorrow collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Watisoni Butabua, Filipe Naikaso & William Waqavakatoga

Wheelchair bound man with his cancer cousin donates to WOWS campaign - Aug 03

Many stories are now emerging on the difficulties that the people diagnosed with cancer are facing; the struggles, the fight to survive, the will to stay strong and the reason to accept the realities of life.

Many who have started coming forward to make donations said the stories of fellow citizens have touched their hearts and brought tears to their eyes.

A wheelchair bound man Peni Dobui came with his 22-year-old cousin Bogi Silatolu yesterday.

They are from Nasigatoka village in Rewa and Bogi was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2008.

In an emotional interview, Dobui said they came all the way from Rewa after hearing about the reports on the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Dobui said it has been hard for Bogi Silatolu as he only went to primary school for a few years, then his parents split up and in 2008, he was told that he had cancer.

He said the difficulties continue as the cancer has come back after two years of chemotherapy.

Dobui, who lost both his legs in an accident in 1990, said he stays strong for his cousin Bogi everyday and gives him hope that everything will work out well for them.

Speaking to Fijivillage, Bogi Silatolu said he is thankful to be diagnosed with this sickness so that he can learn the lessons of life.

Bogi said he now relies on God’s will.

He has been sick for the past five years and said he is grateful to the students and everyone in the country who are now stepping up to help those living with cancer.

Bogi’s cousin Dobui said he will also do his bit and join the "Walk On Walk Strong" Nausori to Suva Street Appeal on his wheelchair on Saturday.

Story by: Vijay Narayan

DAV College to collect funds for WOWS campaign - Aug 03

If my child was admitted in the hospital suffering from cancer, I would expect people to help me.

This is the comment shared by the Principal of DAV College Ba Rameshwar Kumar as the whole school will be going around from this morning to collect as much as possible for children suffering with cancer.

Kumar said the stories of those suffering from cancer prompted the management to raise funds for the worthy cause.

The school will be collecting funds today and tomorrow in Ba Town and the nearby areas and will hand it over to the CFL team based in Ba tomorrow.

40-45 children are diagnosed with cancer in Fiji every year.

A nationwide appeal will also be held tomorrow.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am tomorrow.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and tomorrow to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide tomorrow collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Kushboo Singh

Siblings donate money box to WOWS campaign - Aug 03

More people are continuing to come forward to the home of Fijivillage at 231 Waimanu Road from last night to make donations for the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Two Class Four siblings of Saint Joseph the Worker Primary School in Nakasi today donated all the money they had collected in their money box towards the appeal.

Jane Mani and Raja Keith Chand’s grandfather Virendra Chand, who came to donate the money, said that the children cried after listening to the cancer stories and decided to donate.

He said the children had collected $64.90.

This morning $4,700 was donated from proceeds of a concert that was held at Pacific Harbour on Sunday.

Presenting the money to Communications Fiji Limited, Pacific Harbour resident and cancer survivor Derreck Wadman said as a healthy active person, he was shocked to accept that he had been diagnosed with cancer and could not accept the fact that of all people to get cancer, it had to be him.

Last night, 90 wheelbarrow boys from the Suva market gathered and donated all they could from the little they earn for children living with cancer.

Association president Jone Vakasa said they were touched when they heard about the campaign and decided to do something to help these children.

The concert featuring Pacific pop princess Vanessa Quai to raise funds for the campaign will be held at the Vodafone Arena at 6 tonight.

A nationwide appeal will be held tomorrow.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am tomorrow.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and tomorrow to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide tomorrow collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Watisoni Butabua, Filipe Naikaso, William Waqavakatoga & Sneh Chaudhry

Brumbies wing backs WOWS campaign - Aug 02

"I am where I am today because of the support of my family and the memory of my mother that motivates me."

Those are the words of Brumbies wing Henry Speight who in 1996 lost his mother Adi Litia Iloilo Speight to cervical cancer.

Speaking to Fijivillage from Canberra, Speight said cancer is very personal for him and his family and that when he was seven, he had no idea about the sickness his mother had, but only the image of his mother getting frail and weak.

Having had his hair shaved last Friday for the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign in Canberra with other Brumbies teammates, Speight said so far he has raised more than $2000 Australian and will continue to raise money until this Saturday.

A Brumbies jersey and ball signed by the Brumbies will be auctioned this Saturday to raise money for cancer with all proceeds going to the appeal.

40-45 children are diagnosed with cancer in Fiji every year.

A nationwide appeal will be held in Fiji this Saturday.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am Saturday.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and this Saturday to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide this Saturday collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: William Waqavakatoga

AVIS Fiji assists CFL with WOWS campaign - Aug 02

Communications Fiji Limited which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam and Viti FM’s "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign nationwide appeal has received a boost from AVIS Fiji this morning.

Manager Elenoa Tabakoro said they will provide two rentals to CFL to help them move around and collect funds for children living with cancer.

Also this morning, Maps Pacific visited the home of Fijivillage and donated $5,000 towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

A nationwide appeal will be held this Saturday.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

Cancer affects everyone says MBHS Head Boy - Aug 02

"When someone in the family has cancer, it does not only affect that person, but everyone connected to them."

That is the sentiment of Marist Brothers High School Head Boy Jone Veisamasama whose 7-year-old niece has cancer.

Jone Veisamasama said for them as a family all they can do is support the girl and try their best to make sure she does not feel lonely.

This has also prompted the Form 7 student to help the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign to raise money for children living with cancer.

He has also been joined by four fellow students.

According to Veisamasama, the reason why his friends have joined is to help other students and they have also challenged other students to be part of this worthy cause.

He said they will also be raising money this Friday and whatever they raise will go towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

40-45 children are diagnosed with cancer in Fiji every year.

A nationwide appeal will be held in Fiji this Saturday.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am Saturday.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and this Saturday to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide this Saturday collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

Waqanidrola to be part of "Shave It or Save It" campaign - Aug 02

Former national netball captain is again leading by example but this time it is off the court as she is the latest sporting personality to be part of the "Shave It or Save It" campaign which helps raise money for children living with cancer.

Matila Waqanidrola said that she volunteered to be part of this cause and that she is also doing this in memory of her brother.

Waqanidrola said her employer Fiji National Provident Fund will give $1,000 and that she has to raise the other $1,000 in order to save her hair.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso & Nitesh Raniga

ISS supports cancer awareness for Tadra Kahani - Aug 02

"We need to support those who have been affected with cancer."

That is the message the students of International School Suva want to tell everyone through their performance at this month’s Tadra Kahani with Connect.

With their theme "Coping with Cancer", the school has also seen it fit to also donate today $1,000 to the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign for children living with cancer.

Class 3 student representative Emma Littlefair said their performance is also in memory of their late head teacher who died from cancer.

She said the thought of those suffering, especially children, is saddening and hopes that no one else gets affected.

As for the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign, a nationwide appeal will be held this Saturday.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am Saturday.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and this Saturday to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide this Saturday collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Sofaia Koroitanoa

Newton rugby club pledges $1000 to WOWS campaign - Aug 01

A local rugby club in Newtown, Suva, has pledged to raise $1,000 and also shave their hair to help children living with cancer.

Secretary and player Doni Wainiqolo said the reason why they have joined this worthy cause is because they want to help those battling with this deadly illness, especially children.

Wainiqolo said despite most of the 40 group members being unemployed, they have raised roughly $300 from a curry night, a "soli" and also money which was supposed to be used to purchase new rugby jerseys.

According to Wainiqolo, the team is not losing hope in raising the $1,000 and that they are expected to receive donations from past residents who are now living abroad.

He added if they do reach the target, their members will still have to shave their hair as they want to show their support.

Meanwhile, the Ba Soccer Association has come forward and said that they will also contribute towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign to assist the children living with cancer.

President Rishi Kumar said the team wants to assist the affected families.

40-45 children are diagnosed with cancer in Fiji every year and at least 20 children are admitted at the CWM Hospital’s children’s cancer ward.

A nationwide appeal will be held this Saturday.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am Saturday.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and this Saturday to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide this Saturday collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

It’s everyone’s responsibility to give back - Aug 01

The stories highlighted touched our hearts prompting us to give something.

This is the sentiment shared by Fiji Local Government Officers Association president Rohit Singh who said anyone can be affected by cancer so it is part of everyone’s responsibility to give back to society.

Singh said even the smallest contribution from people will have a lasting impact.

Meanwhile, Ba Referees Football Association is applying for a permit to do a march on Saturday morning in order to collect as much possible and hand it over to the Communications Fiji Limited team that will be based in Ba.

President Mohammed Kazim said this cause deserves all the human effort possible to save a life.

A nationwide appeal will be held this Saturday.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am Saturday.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and this Saturday to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide this Saturday collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Kushboo Singh

Family moves to Suva to treat son suffering from cancer - July 31

A family had to relocate from their Savusavu home to Suva more than a year ago to get their 14-year-old son treated who is suffering from cancer.

Mother Sumintra Wati said in early 2010, her son started to complain about a pain in his left leg and had headaches after which several tests were conducted in August when they found out that he had cancer.

Wati said when they moved to Suva, they were staying at a relative’s house however they decided to move out when consultants told them that her son’s chemotherapy would take at least more than a year.

According to Wati, the reason why they moved out and rented a flat was that they did not want to become a burden on anyone.

She said they try their best everyday to fulfill the wishes of their son who also turns 15 in eleven days time.

The 34-year-old added that they also have to send money back to their younger son who lives with her parents in Savusavu.

40-45 children are diagnosed with cancer in Fiji every year and at least 20 children are admitted at the CWM Hospital’s children’s cancer ward.

A nationwide appeal will be held this Saturday.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am Saturday.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and this Saturday to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide this Saturday collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

Dairy farmer tells of pain of losing son - July 31

A Tailevu dairy farmer who lost his son two years ago to cancer still feels the pain that his son went through before he passed away.

Vijay Nand said when the doctor told him that his son had cancer, he had to ask the doctor to explain to him what this illness was.

Nand said what he could just gather from the doctor’s explanation was that this deadly illness was killing his son slowly.

According to the 34-year-old, his family suffered for 1 year 9 months as they helplessly watched the 10-year-old become more frail right before their eyes.

Nand said just before Christmas 2009, they were hit with one of the worst news ever as the doctor told him that there was no chance of his son surviving.

He said the most unbearable time for their family was when their son only had a few days to live.

Nand said that during all the hardship they faced, the "Walk On Walk Strong" team was always there to comfort and help them.

He said he is willing to do anything for this campaign as it is a very worthy cause that helps children living with cancer.

40-45 children are diagnosed with cancer ever year and at least 20 children are admitted at the CWM children’s cancer ward.

A nationwide appeal will also be held this Saturday.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am Saturday.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and this Saturday to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide this Saturday collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

Ba soccer to contribute to WOWS campaign - July 31

The Ba Soccer Association has come forward and said that they will also contribute towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign to assist the children living with cancer.

President Rishi Kumar said the team wants to assist the affected families.

Kumar said it is good to give back to the community.

A nationwide appeal will be held this Saturday.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am Saturday.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and this Saturday to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide this Saturday collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Vijay Narayan & Filipe Naikaso

Vanessa Quai to sing for children living with cancer - July 30

"I want to use my talent to help children living with cancer."

These are the words of Vanuatu pop Diva Vanessa Quai who is preparing to sing in a concert to help the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign raise money for children living with cancer.

Quai, whose mother hails from Yasawa, said she was inspired to help in the cause after watching 15-year-old Tae Kami’s DVD where she talked about her experience and challenges.

Quai said when children are diagnosed with cancer, it is an unfair fight for anyone connected to them.

Meanwhile, Vanessa Quai visited the children at the CWM Hospital today and sang three songs which put smiles on the childrens’ faces.

The "Walk On Walk Strong" concert will be held at 7pm Friday at the Vodafone Arena.

A nationwide appeal will also be held this Saturday.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am Saturday.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by at the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and this Saturday to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide this Saturday collecting funds for children living with cancer.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso & Rusiate Baleilevuka

Viti FM announcer to walk from Sigatoka to Suva for cancer - July 30

In an effort to raise funds for the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign, Viti FM announcer Pio Ratuwaqa will walk from Sigatoka to Suva to raise funds for children living with cancer.

Ratuwaqa said losing his mother to breast cancer in 2002 is the reason why he wants to take part.

Ratuwaqa will walk on Thursday.

A nationwide appeal will also be held this Saturday.

The WOWS walk will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar and back to the arena at 7am Saturday.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and this Saturday to make your donations.

The CFL family from Legend FM, FM96, Viti FM, Navtarang and Radio Sargam will be based at locations nationwide this Saturday collecting funds for children living with cancer.

If you want to contact the "Walk On Walk Strong" organizers, you can contact founder Sina Kami on sinakami@gmail.com.

Story by: William Waqavakatoga

10yr old donates to WOWs campaign - July 28

At 3 o’clock this morning, 10-year-old Vunaki Waqa of Levuka woke up to bring his $10 donation to Suva for children fighting cancer.

Accompanying Waqa was his dad Penisimani Baleilovoni, who said his son was inspired by the story on our sister station Viti FM of the three Nakanacagi siblings who gave their spending money towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Baleilovoni added that it meant everything to him to fulfill his son’s request to also make his donation.

So rising early today from the interior of Lovoni, the two made a one and a half hour long trip to the Buresala wharf to leave for Suva.

According to Baleilovoni, whatever Waqa has offered may be little but his son will indeed be one happy boy returning to Levuka today.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also drop by the home of Fijivillage at 231 Waimanu Road between now and August 4th to make your donations.

If you want to contact the "Walk On Walk Strong" organizers, you can contact founder Sina Kami on sinakami@gmail.com.

Story by: Gwen McGoon

Generous siblings donate spending money to WOWS campaign - July 27

"We saved our spending money last week because we want to help our brothers and sisters who are living with cancer."

Those were the words of Selai Nakanacagi, a Form Two student of Jai Narayan College, who stopped on her way to school with her younger brothers, Luke and Epeli, this morning, to give $30 towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Selai said she agreed with her brothers, Luke a Form One student and Epeli who is in Class Three, to save $10 each and contribute towards the worthy cause.

Selai added that they were touched by the "Walk On Walk Strong" appeal.

Also this afternoon, Brumbies winger Henry Speight, who lost his mother to cervical cancer in 1996, will be shaving his head for the campaign.

Speight will also send a signed jersey and ball for next week’s WOWS events - which will be auctioned during the WOWS Shave it or Save it campaign next Saturday at the Vodafone Arena.

Flying Fijians captain Netani Talei will also be signing the jersey and ball.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations to assist the children living with cancer, you can deposit the money in the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account 9800935794.

You can also visit the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road from now until August 4th to make donations.

Story by: Akuila Cama

Cancer Society to raise money for Western Division - July 27

With 52 reported cancer patients in the Western Division, the Fiji Cancer Society West will be doing a "Red Dress Run" to raise money to assist these patients.

The organisers also commend the work done by the "Walk On Walk Strong" team.

Meanwhile, if you want to make donations for children living with cancer, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also visit the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and the 4th of August to make your donations.

Story by: Khusboo Singh

Kadavu school to raise awareness on cancer - July 27

140 students and teachers from Richmond High School in Kadavu will organise a march at the school to raise funds for children living with cancer on the 4th of August.

Organizer Alena Leba told Fijivillage that the idea came up after one of their close contacts shared his experience on losing two close relatives to cancer.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also visit the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road between now and the 4th of August to make your donations.

Story by: Watisoni Butabua

Sunday School class moved by WOWS campaign - July 26

"When I look at how healthy my children are, I think about the suffering and pain other children and parents are going through."

That is the statement from Senirusi Vunituraga, a Sunday School teacher at Tutaleva Methodist Church in Raiwai, after donating $20 towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

Speaking to our sister station Viti FM, Vunituraga said his Sunday School class wanted to give something for a worthy cause because they cannot make it to the hospital to visit the children who are suffering from cancer.

An emotional Vunituraga added what they have given may not be much but they believe it can help someone battling cancer.

Story by: Akuila Cama

Tae would be singing if she was alive says Dad - July 25

A young girl’s dream of finding an avenue to help children dealing with cancer and their supporting families, is well and truly alive nearly 4 years after she lost her fight to cancer.

Holy Trinity Anglican School’s Tae Kami passed away in 2008 at the age of 15.

With the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign underway, Tae’s father Taholo Kami said if she was alive today to see how far her family has progressed in trying to help children with cancer, she would be singing.

The "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign was founded on Kami’s dream.

Meanwhile, Communications Fiji Limited, which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam, Viti FM and Fijivillage.com is now assisting the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign to help children living with cancer.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

If you want to contact the "Walk On Walk Strong" organizers, you can contact founder Sina Kami on sinakami@gmail.com.

Story by: William Waqavakatoga

Speight siblings support WOWS campaign - July 25

"Cancer was and will always be the monster that killed our mother."

Those were the words of Davila Speight, the eldest of the five Speight siblings who lost their mother Adi Litia Levulevu Iloilo Speight to cervical cancer in 1996.

At the time of her mother’s passing, Davila said she was 14, Lucy 13, Sam 10, Henry 7 and Jerry the youngest 4.

Davila said their mother was a strong woman and because she wanted to protect them so much, she did not disclose her sickness until just a few months before she passed away.

The Speight family is supporting the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign with family member and Brumbies winger Henry to have his head shaved by his teammates on Friday.

Meanwhile, Communications Fiji Limited, which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam, Viti FM and Fijivillage.com is assisting the campaign.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also visit the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road from now until August 4th to make donations.

This afternoon radio personalities of Viti FM will be at Ratu Cakobau Park for the schools Deans competition and will be continuing the WOWS appeal there.

Story by: William Waqavakatoga

Mother still makes sweets in memory of son - July 24

A mother of a 17-year-old still makes sweets and food in memory of her son who passed away in 2006 due to cancer.

Dipesh Joshi of Drasa, Lautoka, fulfilled all his wishes before he passed away.

His 45-year-old mother told Fijivillage that her son had cancer since birth and they tried each and every method of saving him and even went to India for treatment.

However, once Dipesh realized his situation he started doing things he had always wanted to do.

He studied till Form Four at Lautoka Central College and also took up extracurricular activities.

Joshi’s mum said despite undergoing continuous treatment he lived a normal life.

However, in his last moments he told her he could not take the pain any longer.

The Joshi family supports the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign which raises money for children living with cancer and prays many lives can be saved and the children and families suffering can be assisted.

Meanwhile, Communications Fiji Limited, which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam, Viti FM and Fijivillage.com is assisting the campaign.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also visit the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road from now until August 4th to make donations.

The Walk For Cancer will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar School and back on August 4th while the CFL stations will also have a street appeal from Nausori to Suva.

If you want to contact the "Walk On Walk Strong" organizers, you can contact founder Sina Kami on sinakami@gmail.com.

Story by: Khusboo Singh

Chand to celebrate birthday with Cancer Unit staff - July 24

14-year-old Raneel Ravikesh Chand of Savusavu will be celebrating his 15th birthday next month with the CWM Hospital Cancer Unit staff.

Raneel Chand has been in Suva with his parents since mid last year.

His mother Sumintra Wati said they were transferred from Labasa to CWM Hospital where her son started undergoing chemotherapy.

Wati said they do not want their son to lose a leg as doctors had earlier suggested.

He will be turning 15 on 11th August and is looking forward to a memorable day at CWM Hospital.

Meanwhile, Communications Fiji Limited, which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam, Viti FM and Fijivillage.com is now assisting the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign to help children living with cancer.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also visit the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road from now until August 4th to make donations.

The Walk for Cancer will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar School and back on August 4th while the CFL stations will also have a street appeal from Nausori to Suva.

Story by: Khusboo Singh

Market vendor gives to WOWS campaign - July 23

A market vendor who lost her mother to cancer donated all she could from what little she earns this morning to the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign to assist children living with cancer.

Giving $5, 54-year-old Kaseti Bulu said she knows what people go through when their loved ones suffer from cancer because when her mother was admitted, she was always in pain which made it difficult for her.

Bulu said it hurt her more when she would ask her family for financial help and none of them would bother.

According to Bulu, this did not deter her as she continued to sell vegetables to pay for whatever her mother would ask for before she passed away.

She added when she heard about the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign on our sister station Viti FM, she decided to give towards the worthy cause and was joined by two other market vendors who donated $21.

About 40 to 45 children are diagnosed with cancer in Fiji every year.

Communications Fiji Limited, which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam, Viti FM and Fijivillage.com has joined the cause in helping the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also visit the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road from now until August 4th.

The Walk For Cancer will take place from the Vodafone Arena to Suva Grammar School and back on August 4th while the CFL stations will also have a street appeal from Nausori to Suva.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

Mother thankful of daughter’s dying wish being granted - July 23

"My daughter wanted a mobile phone so she could listen to Celine Dion songs."

Those were the words of Varea Susau, mother of Ruth Susau, who lost her battle against cancer on Wednesday.

The 14-year-old girl’s dying wish for a mobile phone was delivered in an hours time by the "Walk On Walk Strong" team who help raise money for children living with cancer.

Varea Susau said she does not know how to thank the "Walk On Walk Strong" team for fulfilling her daughter’s dying wish.

Susau said the team put a smile on her daughter’s face and that she would do anything for the team.

She added that parents whose children are diagnosed with cancer should always stand by them.

Ruth Susau was laid to rest on Friday.

Meanwhile, Communications Fiji Limited, which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam, Viti FM and Fijivillage.com, has joined the worthy cause in helping the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign raise money for children living with cancer.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also visit the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road from now until August 4th.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

$4,000 raised in Taveuni for cancer children - July 22

$4,000 was raised at a concert organized by the Garden Island Resort in Taveuni last night for children living with cancer.

Apart from the dinner, Vude Queen Laisa Vulakoro also entertained the crowd at the resort.

Vulakoro said the people of Taveuni enjoyed the night which was a big success.

Vulakoro said the money collected will go towards the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign for children living with cancer and the Fiji Cancer Society.

More than 200 people were present last night.

Meanwhile, Communications Fiji Limited, which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam, Viti FM and Fijivillage.com has joined the worthy cause in helping the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign raise money for children living with cancer.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL appeal account number is 9800369051.

Story by: Watisoni Butabua

Vude Queen to perform for cancer - July 21

Anyone can suffer from cancer.

That is the message Vude Queen Laisa Vulakoro is stressing as she prepares for her performance at the Garden Island Resort in Taveuni tonight as part of the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign to raise money for children living with cancer.

Vulakoro said she is taking part after her experience of surviving an attack by an aggressive brain tumor in 2008.

She has urged everyone for their support.

There are about 20 children suffering from cancer at the CWM Hospital.

Meanwhile, Communications Fiji Limited, which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam, Viti FM and Fijivillage.com has joined the worthy cause to help the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign raise money for children living with cancer.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

Story by: Sofaia Koroitanoa

Cancer patient gets last wish before passing away - July 20

A dying girl’s wish of wanting a mobile phone just like any other teenager was answered in an hour.

14-year-old Ruth Susau lost her battle against cancer on Wednesday but that was only after she received her phone.

"Walk On Walk Strong" founder Sina Kami said during their visit to the CWM Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward last Wednesday, she met Ruth who she had heard a lot about.

Kami said while talking to the mother, she was informed that her daughter had always wanted a mobile phone.

According to Kami, Ruth’s condition reminded her of what her daughter Tae Kami went through toward her last day which motivated her to buy the new phone.

Kami added that to see the look on the girl’s face when they presented the phone was just priceless.

Ruth Susau was laid to rest this morning.

Meanwhile, Communications Fiji Limited which is the parent company of Legend FM, FM96, Navtarang, Radio Sargam and Viti FM has joined the worthy cause in helping the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign raise money for children living with cancer.

A nationwide appeal will also be held on the 4th of next month.

If you want to make donations, the Westpac Suva CFL Appeal account number is 9800935794.

You can also visit the home of Fijivillage here at 231 Waimanu Road from now until August 4th.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

Digicel donates $3,000 to WOWS campaign - July 20

$3,000 has been donated by Digicel to the "Walk On Walk Strong - Shave It or Save It" campaign to raise funds for cancer relief.

In addition, Digicel customers can text 757 to donate a dollar towards the Tae Kami Foundation WOWS campaign that goes to helping children with cancer and their supporting families.

Those who do text go in to the draw to win prizes.

Story by: William Waqavakatoga

Father never loses hope for his son - July 18

"Never lose hope."

These are the three words Ratu Jovesa Tagivetawa tells his son Ravulolo who is living with cancer.

Tagivetawa said he only came to know about cancer after his son complained about a swollen leg in April last year.

His son was transferred from Labasa to the CWM Hospital.

Tagivetawa said it hurts him every time his son would cry out in pain because there was nothing he could do to stop the pain but he would always tell him that everything will be fine.

He said his family back in Labasa have never lost hope as anything they need, his wife would send it over.

Meanwhile, 11-year-old cancer patient Ravulolo Tagivetawa said he is positive that he will survive, and he misses his family and friends back home.

Twenty children are currently admitted at the CWM Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward.

The "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign will be held on August 4th and calls are now being made for people to come forward and give to this worthy cause to assist the children living with cancer and their families.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

Talei visits children living with cancer - July 18

Flying Fijians captain Netani Talei visited children living with cancer during his visit with the "Walk On Walk Strong" team to the CWM Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward yesterday.

Talei said that it was a very emotional visit for him as he witnessed what children go through when they are diagnosed with cancer.

Talei said for him as a parent he understands what families go through especially when their children are sick and calls for more support for these children.

The 29-year-old also announced that he will be shaving his hair for the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign to help raise funds for children living with cancer.

Talei said that he wants to do this for the children and give back to society.

Meanwhile, 11-year-old cancer patient Ravulolo Tagivetawa said that he found out that he had cancer last year while in Vanua Levu and was transferred to Suva five months ago with his father.

Tagivetawa said that he is positive that he will survive and misses his family and friends back home.

20 children are currently admitted at the CWM Hospital Children’s Cancer Ward.

Story by: Filipe Naikaso

People called to assist children living with cancer - July 17

People are now being called to unite and assist children living with cancer.

As the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign starts, founders Taholo and Sina Kami said urgent action is required to help children living with cancer and the families who have to support these children.

Sina and Taholo Kami are the parents of Tae Kami, who died of cancer in 2008 at the age of 15.

About 40 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and Taholo said the families and the children involved need assistance.

Sina said some of the children suffering from cancer come from the poorest of the poor in our community.

She called on the people to assist the children in the "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign.

The "Walk On Walk Strong" campaign to assist children living with cancer will be held on August 4th.

Story by: Vijay Narayan

 


 
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