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‘First of its kind’ fundraiser launched for Fiji 7s bid for Rio gold

A fundraising committee was launched last Thursday to assist the Fiji 7s rugby men and women’s teams on a ‘Road to Rio’ campaign. Driven by ardent Fiji Rugby supporters, this fundraising Committee consists of volunteers who are executives in their respective fields aimed at using their expertise to maximise raising funds for our national players. Co-Chaired by Fiji Sports […]

Navin Kumar

January 4, 2016 8:30 am

A fundraising committee was launched last Thursday to assist the Fiji 7s rugby men and women’s teams on a ‘Road to Rio’ campaign.

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil is months away and our Fiji 7s rugby men and women’s teams have a good shot in winning the country’s first ever gold medal at the world event. Photo: World Rugby.
The Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil is months away and our Fiji 7s rugby men and women’s teams have a good shot in winning the country’s first ever gold medal at the world event. Photo: World Rugby.

Driven by ardent Fiji Rugby supporters, this fundraising Committee consists of volunteers who are executives in their respective fields aimed at using their expertise to maximise raising funds for our national players.

Co-Chaired by Fiji Sports Council CEO, Litiana Loabuka and Lawrence Tikaram, Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd National Sales Manager, this group of individuals includes the likes of R C Manubhai CEO Bharvesh Patel, Lara Chung, Liga Gukisuva, Seamech Limited’s Financial Controller Torika Brodie, Jarell Kamea, Raju Govinda and Michelle Tevita-Singh amongst several other individuals who have stepped forward to be part of this committee – the first of its kind ever in Fiji.

Several individuals in this Committee have earned vast experience in the sporting fraternity whether it be through national representation or as key administrators in major sporting events in Fiji over the years – proving a promising make-up to getting our men and women to the Olympics. Loabuka says while still in its infant stages, the Committee already has a list of fundraising drives to initiate over the next 6 months.

“One of the major phases from these group of Volunteers will actually be fabricated by Kriz Signs says Managing Director and fellow ‘Road to Gold’ Committee member Nilesh Chetty. This perspecs large sized ‘Rugby Ball Shaped Money Box’ will be positioned at the airport departure lounge for departing passengers to rid of coins or even to simply put forward donations to Fiji Rugby. We are grateful to AFL CEO Faiz Khan for his support in this cause.”

The Committee has adopted a ‘give back to the sport programme’ type concept which will involve a series of fundraising events leading up to the Games in August.

Fiji Rugby Union Acting CEO, Dr Berlin Kafoa says such an initiative from Fiji rugby fans would serve as the ultimate support the national men and women’s teams need to prepare for their first ever Olympic Games outing.

“We all have that one, same dream to hear our National Anthem being played whilst our players stand on that podium – and to have individuals who want to help in making that dream a reality is great for Rugby in Fiji. We would like to encourage everyone to pitch in, dig deep and support Fiji 7s and Fijiana coaches by taking a more constructive approach. Becoming a volunteer with the best intentions to help raise funds to get the team to Rio is a gold medal won, that we all know we played a vital role in achieving too.” “I commend the individuals and the corporates behind these volunteers that are taking the initiative to drive this and get the whole community involved to give back to their Country and support our Men and Women’s 7’s team this way.”

The Rio Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5th – 21st, 2016.

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