Coral Coast hotels raise $70,000 for Fiji hospital

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RELEASE NUMBER 104 | 17

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Bill Suguturaga, Peter Hopgood, Sam Lee and Nitulesh Mali at the Natadola Golf Course

CORAL COAST, FIJI – The 6th annual charity golf tournament organized by Fiji’s Coral Coast hoteliers has raised more than FJD$70,000 (USD$34,000) toward an upgrade of the operating theatre at the Sigatoka District Hospital.

Organizer of the Fiji Chemical Sigatoka District Hospital Charity Golf Day and chairman of the Coral Coast Hotels Association and Outrigger Fiji general manager, Peter Hopgood, said the latest fundraising effort was a fantastic result for the local community.

“The money raised this year will be used to upgrade the operating theatre so we can attract surgeons from overseas to better treat the residents of the local Nadroga province. We are currently working with the hospital and the Health Ministry to achieve that in 2018,” said Hopgood.

Held at the Natadola Golf Course Nov. 26, the event was keenly contested by senior Coral Coast hoteliers and heads of business who, over the years, have been responsible for raising significant funds to make life-changing improvements at the hospital, including the construction of a maternity ward that opened in 2015.

Proceeds from the event have also funded a FJD$240,000 helipad for the hospital. “To date, six lives have been saved because they have been able to be transported quickly by air from the helipad and that’s the kind of thing that we want to help with and be a part of.”

“I encourage everyone to get involved with the community because it’s so rewarding and it’s a win for everyone.

“It’s good for the hotels, for the greater community and for the guests for when they come and visit, they get involved as well,” Hopgood said.

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