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$100,000 raised by Viti Spinal Injuries Ball

$100,000 raised by Viti Spinal Injuries Ball

By Lena Reece
Tuesday 25/07/2017
All Blacks Jersey signed and donated by the world’s best openside flanker Richie McCaw which was auctioned for $1,000.

$100,000 has been raised through the Viti Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji Old Skool Ball that focused to raise funds to assist those living with spinal injuries.

This has been confirmed that the Viti Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji Secretary Kula McGoon who had earlier said that the association had a target to raise $60,000.

She adds that since the fundraiser a lot of interest from people to donate online continues to pour through to assist those living with spinal injuries.

McGoon says this has been a huge success.

A huge part of the fundraiser was an All Blacks Jersey signed and donated by the world’s best openside flanker Richie McCaw which was auctioned for $1,000.

In addition, DJ Forbes and Eric Rush All Blacks jerseys were also auctioned for $500 each.

Signed All Blacks jerseys of DJ Forbes and Eric Rush

26-year-old Peni Lomaca is a living testament to this, having to voluntarily withdraw from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to look after his 32-year-old brother Suliano Lomaca.

Peni who is a father of two and whose wife has just recently resumed studies is now a full time care-giver to his brother Suliano, who suffered brain hemorrhage and as a result in 2015 became blind and deaf and not long after experienced complete paralysis to his right side.

Peni says he feels it is his duty to his family and his brother to look after him and when asked by Fijivillage and how the fundraiser would assist him and his family.

Peni says that they hope to get a bed for his brother and a wheelchair to help him with taking care of his brother.

All the proceeds from the Viti Spinal Injuries Association of Fiji Old Skool Ball are used to assist in primarily improving the quality of life for people affected by Spinal Injuries.

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