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Pacific TAFE hosts Pinktober Morning Tea

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Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President Estates and Infrastructure and Regional Campuses (second from left) and Ms Maryanne Blakelock Wong Lee, guest speaker and cancer survivor (centre) with staff of Pacific TAFE.

The University of the South Pacific's (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education hosted a Pinktober morning tea in partnership with the Fiji Cancer Society on 31 October 2017.

The function was attended by Dr Giulio Paunga, Vice-President, Estates and Infrastructure and Regional Campuses, Mr Dhiraj Bhartu, Interim Director Human Resources, Ms Susan Sela, Acting Executive Director of Pacific TAFE and her staff.

In her address, Ms Sela said that the Pinktober morning tea was organised to commemorate the lives that have been taken away by cancer and especially remember women because, she added that Pinktober has been dedicated by the Fiji Cancer Society to women cancer awareness month.

“Choosing the last day does not mean that we have given the Pinktober least time or thought, for today it is quite difficult to come across anyone who has not lost a family member, friend, friend of a friend or someone that you know of through this,” Ms Sela said.

She added that the month of October strongly focuses on daily reminders about breast cancer and the number of lives it has taken in the country.

“We are grateful and honoured that the Fiji Cancer Society has agreed to USP’s Pacific TAFE to host this special morning tea, because this gives us an opportunity to give back to our community,” she further noted.

As part of the small get-together, Ms Maryanne Blakelock Wong Lee, a Cancer survivor shared her experiences from being diagnosed of breast cancer to getting herself cured through chemotherapy.

She strongly advocated on early detection adding that it is a huge contributor to saving lives.

Ms Luisa Hoyt, a representative of the Fiji Cancer Society talked about the roles and functions of the society.

As part of the occassion, Pacific TAFE collected and contributed some funds towards the Society which adding to their corporate social responsibility.

This news item was published on 31 Oct 2017 12:42:25 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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