30 September, 2011
Fundraising for Nadi Hospital by Style Fiji
Style Fiji 2011 is organising a fashion show on Saturday, 3 December 2011 at the Sofitel Resort & Spa, Denarau, Nadi, Fiji.
Funds raised from the event will be directed to the purchase of urgently-needed medical equipment and refurbishment of the Nadi Hospital.
Organiser, Amanda Sofield, said Nadi was the fastest growing region in Fiji and the hospital catered for a population estimated at 90,000 covering a wide area from Namaka to Bukuya.
The Nadi area also covers the outer islands with Denarau Island Marina being the main gateway to villages and island resorts in the Mamanuca Group.
She said the hospital was built with a limited budget in 2002 as a small provincial facility to cater for minimum numbers.
"It includes an accident and emergency and outpatients department, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology departments, maternity unit and children's ward, dental, in-patient care and physiotherapy service," said Mrs Sofield.
She said minimal ongoing funding for maintenance works and the necessary life-saving medical equipment meant a very real and urgent need for support in many areas.
"We have a wish list for the hospital and these include the basic necessities like bedside chairs and seating in the outpatients department, paint works and plumbing, signage, airconditioning units to regulated temperature units for drug storage in the pharmacy, portable diagnostic machines, stethoscopes the list goes on," she said.
The group launches its fundraising on Saturday, 1 October 2011.
They also hope to erect a billboard at the Denarau and Nadi turnoff.
"This billboard will have a thermometer which will have the amount of money on the sides and every time we receive donations, we will paint the thermometer," Mrs Sofield said. "We urge the business community and others to step up and assist."