Iconic ‘buiniga’ saved

Opposition MP Lenora Qereqeretabua pictured with children from left, Manoa Togamalo, 5, Filipe Baleitavuki, 7, Lanieta Tinanisolo, 16, Avolonia Draiva, 6, and Tekiteki Tupu, 5, during the WOWS Kids Shave It or Save It campaign at the Albert Park pavilion in Suva on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Walk on Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji Save or Shave campaign raked in a total of $23,676.81 at Albert Park in Suva yesterday.

Opposition MP Lenora Qereqeretabua’s iconic buiniga was “saved” after she raised close to half of the total amount.

Ms Qereqeretabua had volunteered to shave her iconic Fijian hairstyle to raise funds for children living with cancer.

However, she was able to raise $11,478.66 to not shave her hair. Out of the total, $176 was given towards her “shave campaign”.

Three volunteers, Dr Ada Modsiri, Ana Suliano and Iosefa Maiava, who had their heads shaved yesterday, raised more than $5000.

Ms Qereqeretabua said it was imperative to take note of the good work that WOWS Kids Fiji had done over the years to assist children who were battling cancer and also their families.

“WOWS does a lot of support work for children especially their parents and guardians so it is really important that we keep WOWS at the back of our minds because the funds come in and go out very quickly,” she said.

“This is because of the support that WOWS offers the children who are suffering from cancer, support in terms of shopping for their families, especially for those who have given up their jobs to stay home to look after sick kids.

“The funds are very important for WOWS so that’s why I’d try to raise as much money as possible and I am so glad and I would like to say thank you to everybody.

“Thank you to everyone who gave to Save and to Shave, thank you all so much for your support.”

Meanwhile, WOWS Kids Fiji co-founder Sina Kami reiterated that the money collected during the campaign would be directed towards assisting children who were living with cancer and also their families.

Sixteen children have died from cancer this year.

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