FASANOC partnered with Save the Children Fiji to deliver the 2019 edition of the Olympic Day Run this year.
"We found out that Save the Children had an event at that time at the Carpark of Damodar City and we approached them if we could collaborate," said FASANOC Secretary General and CEO Ms Lorraine Mar.
"Save the Children from the get go were willing to work with us and this proved to be quite the partnership," said Lorraine.
"Save the Children were looking at a Zumba session for a fundraiser and so we decided that $3 from every adult registration will go towards Save the Children. We’re still processing entries so I don’t know how much we raised but FASANOC was happy to support Save the Children by using sports as a platform," said Ms Mar.
The Run which started and finished at the carpark at Damodar City Centre saw more than 250 people take part despite the inclement weather.
The Run started with a 15-minute Zumba session run by Save the Children which got all the participants moving and dancing. This energized the participants and was enjoyed by all.
Fiji Gas was the major sponsor and this is their 2nd year sponsorship of the Run. We’re grateful to partners like Fiji Gas who not only give generously but come out on the day and join in the events. They’re a great company and we thoroughly enjoyed presenting the Olympic Day Run with them.
This year’s Olympic Day celebrations marked the 125th anniversary of the creation of the International Olympic Committee by founder, Pierre de Coubertin. Olympic Day is much more than just a sports event, it is a day for the world to get active, learn about Olympic values and discover new sports. Based on the three pillars move, learn and discover, National Olympic Committees around the world organise sports, cultural and educational activities throughout the world.
Olympic Day continues to be an important reminder of how sport can unite us all and make the world a better place in so many ways.
Meanwhile, the Olympic values are: Excellence, Respect and Friendship
Striving for Excellence
Stands for giving our best, on the field of play or in the professional arena. It is not only about winning, but also about participating, making progress towards personal goals, striving to be and to do our best in our daily lives and benefiting from the healthy combination of a strong body, mind and will.
This value incorporates respect for oneself, for one’s body, for others, for the rules and regulations, and for sport and the environment. Related to sport, respect stands for fair play and for the fight against doping and any unethical behaviour.
This encourages us to consider sport as a tool for mutual understanding among individuals and people from around the world. Olympism inspire humanity to overcome political, economic, gender, racial and religious differences and forge friendships in spite of those differences.
The Run was won by Team Fiji athlete to Samoa, Avikash Lal with a time of 21.40 minutes in the Men’s Division and Una Bosala with a time of 32.23 minutes in the Women’s Division. For full results please visit our website fasanoc.org.fj
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