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Pacific TAFE hosted WOWs Kids Fiji as part of the Pinktober awareness. Picture: SUPPLIED

“TODAY, we celebrate the courage, determination and resilience of cancer survivors everywhere.”

These were the sentiments shared by the University of the South Pacific (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) chief executive officer Hasmukh Lal during their Pinktober awareness drive on Wednesday.

Pacific TAFE hosted the WOWS Kids Fiji in a gesture to contribute, encourage and support the WOWS Kids Foundation in fulfilling the needs of the children living with cancer in Fiji.

“There are also many survivors among us — among our society with amazing stories of courage, determination, sacrifice and strength,” Mr Lal said.

“Their journeys have been incredibly challenging and difficult, they have been to the edge and back, and yet are as living examples of strength and fortitude. I salute them all as they have been our inspiration.”

He said the Pinktober awareness month gave individuals an opportunity to celebrate the essence of life and pay homage to those individuals, who were no longer with us.

“We also celebrate the dedication and perseverance of researchers, physicians and policymakers who have made cancer survivorship possible,” he said.

“Although we celebrate cancer survivorship today, we also acknowledge that we have not yet won the war on cancer.” WOWS Kids Fiji team leader Viola Lesi acknowledged the support by USP Pacific TAFE and said the assistance would go a long way.

“What actually you are doing is you are partnering with WOWs Kids Fiji and assisting us provide for our little champs,” she said.

“The assistance will go a long way — it will make a difference in the work that we do and most importantly it is pleasing to note that an academic institution takes pride in contributing towards a good course.”

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