Taking place in Fiji from 30 October to 2 November, the race will see 42 teams comprising 84 competitors who will run, orienteer, kayak, as well as facilitate a number of community based aid projects. AccorHotels’ international sales manager Jane Reese, who is also a previous Race to Survive to Cure Kids competitor, is managing the 2018 event. ‘Race to Survive aims to raise money to support Cure Kids Fiji and the ongoing work the organisation is doing for rheumatic heart disease and a new project – providing oxygen to the children of Fiji,’ says Reese. ‘I was fortunate to compete in this event in 2010 and as much as it was a major challenge physically, it was a true life changing experience. Our first project on our event was completing a makeover of the Nadi Hospital maternity ward. It was a thrill to see the difference we were able to make – not just with the look of the hospital but with the new equipment that was purchased with our funds that truly was going to save children’s lives. ‘Rheumatic heart disease affects one in 30 children in Fiji, one of the highest rates in the world.
The support of AccorHotels and Cure Kids has enabled the purchase of state of the art equipment and training for medical staff to set up mobile screening clinics around Fiji. A screening clinic was run in a schoolhouse during our event which was fascinating and moving.’ Along with AccorHotels, House of Travel and Flight Centre, corporate teams include JDE, UB Frieght, Star Printery, Dark Horse and Pleass Water. Rosie Holidays has been a sponsor since the biennial event began in 2006. Each person competing in this multisport event has an ambitious fundraising target to help reach a combined goal of F$1m. CLICK HERE to make a donation to your favourite team.