2016 Walkathon Round Vitilevu (475km) 

Theme: Walk Against Child Abuse and Neglect
Date: 27 November–5 December 2016
Venue: Vitilevu Island, Fiji

The “2016 Walkathon Round Vitilevu (475km)” was a personal initiative of Savneel Sangeet Kumar.

The Walkathon was held from 27 November–5 December 2016.

Theme

The theme for the Walkathon was “Walk Against Child Abuse and Neglect”.

All children have the right to be protected from abuse, violence and exploitation but for millions of children worldwide this is an everyday reality. This violence, exploitation and abuse occurs in the homes, families, schools, workplaces and communities of children and also many more are at risk of abuse.

Locally, this is also unfortunately a reality for many children in Fiji, who are faced by regular physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Cases of trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC): including Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, Child Sex Tourism, Early Marriage, Abuse in Adoption have been proven in Fiji, which is why several organizations and individuals are committed to advocating for the protection of all children from risk and harm.

Fiji ratified the Convention on the Rights of a Child in 1993, which supports the country’s desire to protect children from these types of harm. Nevertheless, cases continue to exist and it becomes the work of every Fijian, to drive changes from communities to policy level to ensure child protection happens in reality.

Itinerary

Date

Campaign Venue

27/11/2016 Start Point: Suva
28/11/2016Namatakula Village, Sigatoka
29/11/2016Viseisei, Lautoka
1/12/2016Sorokoba Village, Ba
2/12/2016Vaileka Village, Rakiraki
05/12/2016Suva

Sponsors and Supporters:

  • Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma
  • Sports World Fiji
  • Mix FM

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