Paddlers raise $3k for cancer treatments

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WOWS Kids Fiji administrative and finance officer Marica Raicebe Sovaki (standing back left) accepts the cash gifts from the Suva SUPers representative Christopher Mallam joined by Naya and Cullen Taylor, Seremaia Rabaraba, Graham Taylor (kneeling), the Rev James Bhagwan and Roderick Lal at the WOWS Kids Fiji office in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

A group of professional paddlers have raised more than $3000 for the Great WOWS Walk Challenge.

After completing 14 days of paddling, the Suva SUPers collected $3550 from over 60 sponsors.

WOWS Kids Fiji team leader Mere Williams said the funds would add to the $30,000 targeted,which would be used for medical treatment, as well as transportation and financial support for caregivers of the 30 children with cancer and other terminal illnesses who came under the care of the NGO.

“We are happy with the numbers registered under this challenge and we can expect the number to continue to grow as more people undertake this challenge,” she said.

Suva SUPers spokesman the Rev James Bhagwan said the group had surpassed their target of 50km and had paddled 126.6km collectively.

He also undertook a solo challenge and paddled 85km.

“This commitment of Walk on Walk Strong is very important especially during the COVID crisis where people are affected financially and also psychologically,” he said.

“This initiative from WOWS Kids is two-folded, it is fundraising for the kids while also encouraging and challenging people to look after their own health.”

Suva SUPers took a different approach to the walk challenge and covered distance on the ocean on stand up paddleboards (SUP).

SUP is an outdoor water sports activity in which a rider stands up on a large board and uses a paddle to glide through the water.

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