Racing around Fiji

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Queenstowners are in Fiji this week, competing in the AccorHotels Race to Survive for Cure Kids.

Teams of two started the race at 5am on Tuesday and will finish today. They’re being supported by Novotel Queenstown Lakeside boss Jim Moore.

Moore says they raised about $130,000 in the Wakatipu over the past two years, through events like the annual Quiz for Cure Kids.

All of it’s going to help prevent rheumatic heart disease – which affects about one in 50 school-aged kids in Fiji – and ensure no child there dies from a lack of oxygen.

“We would like to thank all of those amazing businesses and locals that support these fun events, allowing us to help people less fortunate than ourselves.”

The teams, from AccorHotels properties Mercure Queenstown, Sofitel Hotel, Hotel St Moritz and Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, are completing challenges – which were a tightly-held secret until the race began – and also doing community outreach along the way.

Previously that’s included an “extreme makeover” of Nadi Hospital’s maternity ward and a donation of life-saving medical equipment.

AccorHotels runs the event every second year – 2018 marks the 12th year of its partnership with Cure Kids in Fiji.

To date the company’s raised more than $2.5 million for the charity; this year alone they raised about $FJ1 million, or $NZ750,000.