2017 Walkathon Round Vanua Levu (473km) 

Theme: Walk Against Child Abuse and Neglect
Date: 22 April–8 May 2017
Venue: Vanua Levu Island, Fiji

The “2017 Walkathon Round Vanua Levu (473km)” was a personal initiative of Savneel Sangeet Kumar.

The Walkathon was held from 22 April-8 May 2017.

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.

Walkathon Route

DateCampaign Venues
22/04/2017Start Point: Savusavu

Vuinadi Village

23/04/2017Naboutini Village
24/04/2017Nasasa Village
25/04/2017Hotel Takia, Labasa
26/04/2017Day out in Labasa
27/04/2017Batiri Village
28/04/2017Lekutu Village
29/04/2017Nabouwalu Village
30/04/2017Cogea Village
01/05/2017Valeni Village
02/05/2017Urata Village
03/05/2017Naweni Village
04/05/2017Naweni Village
05/05/2017Koroivonu Village
06/05/2017Loa Village
07/05/2017End point: Hotsprings Hotel, Savusavu

Sponsors and Supporters:

  • Ministry of iTaukei Affairs
  • iTaukei Affairs Board
  • Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji (FENC Fiji)
  • Extended Grace Foundation, USA
  • Takia Hotel, Labasa
  • Hotsprings Hotel, Savusavu
  • Unitex Garments
  • VHL Buses, Labasa