Corporate teams and rugby stars made up the 100 participants who took part in AccorHotels Race to Survive Fiji, a four-day challenge raising money for Cure Kids Fiji.
This year, the biennial event raised over FJD$1 million (NZD$758,827) for child health programmes in Fiji.
The money raised went towards the Cure Kids Fiji, who work on preventing rheumatic heart disease and treating pneumonia in Fiji, which has some of the highest rates of RHD in the world.
“Rheumatic heart disease is a leading cause of death in young people in Fiji. While Cure Kids Fiji is working hard to turn these statistics around, it’s not until you see the work being done on the ground that you realise the impact being made,” said Tim Edmonds, manager, Cure Kids Fiji.
The event first launched in 2006, and since its inaugural event, AccorHotels and its partners have raised over FJD$3.5 million for Cure Kids Fiji.
“We are extremely proud of everyone who took part are is passionate about helping Cure Kids Fiji continue their life-saving work in RHD screening in Fiji,” said Gillian Millar, senior vice president, AccorHotels.