Mrs Bainimarama calls for renewed focus on fight against child cancer. Mrs Mary Bainimarama, wife of Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has called for a renewed focus and energy on fighting child cancer in the country and the Pacific.
At a special fundraising ball organised by WOWS Kids Fiji, Mrs Bainimarama shared her experience over the years in support for children with cancer adding that it was heartbreaking to consider the plight of the 19 families that have lost their loved ones through the disease.
“And today, our need to fuel this fight with renewed focus and energy is great. So far in 2019, we have already lost 19 Fijian children to cancer,” she said.
“While we can take comfort that their battle with sickness was made easier with the comforting support of WOWS Kids Fiji, it’s heartbreaking to consider that 19 families have been robbed of the chance to see their beautiful children grow up.”
Mrs Bainimarama said WOWS Kids Fiji held a very special place in her heart, and the hearts of her husband and her family.
“I would like to take this opportunity to ask that we all bow our heads in 19 seconds of silence, taking a moment to honour their lives and, through WOWS, carry their enduring legacies.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at several WOWS events over the years, both here in Fiji and in Australia, and this honour will never get old –– it’s this unyielding passion that has brought me back with you all tonight in Suva for the organisation’s annual fundraising ball,” she said.
“It is through this event, the annual “Shave or Save” campaign, the Walk and Fun Run, and many other direct contributions, that WOWS Kids Fiji has been able to meet its target annual budget of around $350,000 in order to continue to support children living with cancer and their families. I thank you all for attending tonight, as every ticket sold to tonight’s ball will directly ease the immense financial burden that childhood cancer has on families fighting this darkest of enemies.”