The Manager HR Operations and Administration, Ms Agnes Kotoisuva, Fiji Cancer Society President, Ms Nirmala Nambiar, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration and Regional Campuses), Dr Esther Williams and USP Council Secretary, Ms Lily Vesikula at the Morning Tea hosted by USP in support of cancer patients.
People turned up in numbers to be part of the University of the South Pacific’s Biggest Morning Tea event in aid of the Fiji Cancer Society held at the Laucala Campus on 8 August, 2012.
The initiative, which has become a major annual fundraiser over the past few years, helped raise more than F$2400 from the contributions of invited guests, staff and students of the University.
The money raised from the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea allows the Fiji Cancer Society to carry out awareness programmes and help support cancer patients in Fiji.
The event has being held at various venues around the country from 9 July to 15 August to raise funds.
Fiji Cancer Society President, Ms Nirmala Nambiar, who was the Chief Guest, said she was honored to be invited by the USP and thanked the USP for its support and keen interest toward the initiative in working with the Fiji Cancer Society.
“The reason for organizing this is because once we sit around a cup of tea there are so many stories that come about. So something like this brings out the different stories and this is what it our communities are supposed to be – to learn to accept people whatever phase in lives they are going through,” she explained.
“Somewhere, someone amongst our friends and family members has been touched by somebody with cancer and coming around a cup of tea and sharing the feelings and emotions of other people is important to us and we just want to have a casual atmosphere to talk about this topic,” Ms Nambiar continued.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration and Regional Campuses), Dr Esther Williams shared that it was heart-warming to see the turnout and thanked everyone who made an effort to be present and for their contributions towards this worthy cause.
“I thank you all very much for your presence and generous contributions to USP’s Biggest Morning Tea 2012,” said Dr Williams.
She also acknowledged Ms Nambiar for her efforts and commitment to the Fiji Cancer Society and revealed that the University had better plans for USP’s Biggest Morning Tea in 2013.