The last time we took part we came second so the team was quite determined to win the Bara Battle this year.
These were the words of Vodafone Fiji CEO, Elenoa Biukoto as the Vodafone team won the Frank Hilton Organisation Amazing Wheelbarrow Race – Bara Battle that was held at Albert Park this morning.
Biukoto says they have not forgotten the main point of the Bara Battle and that is to raise money for the Frank Hilton Organisation.
She further says the boys have been training mainly on how to handle the Bara with most of them quite fit, so they were well-equipped coming into this race.
The team morale was pretty high as they always encourage teamwork, as well as encourage the staff to participate in charity events like this because at the end of the day, Vodafone is there for everyone, and together they can make a difference in everything they participate in.
Frank Hilton Organisation CEO, Sureni Perera says the Bara Battle started 7 years ago and it is their largest fundraiser every year as this brings in the funds needed to continue their services.
Perera further says their target was $150,000 and these go towards the Frank Hilton Residential Care Facility on Brown St that supports children with high support needs.
She says this year even before they announced the race they had teams coming in and asking them about participating.
23 teams were participating in the physical race and 55 teams in the virtual race.
The CEO says the virtual race happened last week and brought in $97,000 while the physical race brought in $171,131 which brings it to a total of $268,884 through the race this year.
She further says they are in their 7th year of organising this event and they have raised the largest funds so far this year.
Perera says they would like to thank all their corporate sponsors because the turnout was amazing and the stars of the show were her children from FHO as they were the chief guests.
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