2019 Walkathon Round Vitilevu (475km)

Theme: Walk Against NCD’s
Date: 10–20 August 2019
Venue: Vitilevu Island, Fiji

The “2019 Walkathon Round Vitilevu (475km)” was organized by the Fiji Mountaineering and Climbing Association from 10-20 August 2019 to raise awareness on the rising crisis of non-communicable diseases in Fiji.

The Fiji Mountaineering and Climbing Association is the National Sports Organization for mountaineering in Fiji. It is recognized by the Fiji National Sports Commission.  

Non-communicable diseases- obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer – are a major social and economic development challenge for Fiji. These diseases, which are highly prevalent in the nation, drain government resources and have a negative impact on quality of life. Studies show that many adolescents in Fiji are overweight, and an increasing number of them are obese. Diseases typically only observed in adults, such as type 2 diabetes, are now being diagnosed in young people. The four main risk factors are poor diet, insufficient physical activity, and tobacco and alcohol abuse.

Young people have a key role to play in building strong populations. By teaching the young people to adopt healthy behaviors, we can reduce the early onset of non-communicable diseases.

Events and Engagement

Healthy Village and Town Drive

The Healthy Village and Town Drive was organised by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services medical staff at designed venues on the Walkathon Route. The Ministry conducted health education programs, provided NCD screenings and blood donation drive at these venues.

Walk Fiji Drive

The Walk Fiji Drive motivated the Republic of Fiji Military Forces with several other individuals and community-based organizations to participate in the Walkathon on a daily basis.

Fundraising Drive

Fundraising drive was conducted during the Walkathon by Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji.

Walkathon Route

DateDesignated Stop StationDistanceWalk Hrs.
 Start Point – Ratu Sukuna Park  
10/08Galoa Community Hall, Pacific Harbour56.0km11.0hrs
11/08Shalini Garden Apartments, Sigatoka66.0km13.0hrs
12/08Yako Village, Nadi51.0km10.0hrs
13/08Namoli Village, Lautoka City43.0km9.0hrs
14/08Tavua College, Tavua61.0km12.0hrs
15/08Break Day in Tavua0.0km0.0hrs
16/08Vaileka Village, Rakiraki42.0km8.0hrs
17/08Ra High School, Ra36.0km7.0hrs
18/08Tailevu North College, Korovou63.0km13.0hrs
19/08Nausori Village, Nausori36.0hrs8.0hrs
20/08Ratu Sukuna Park, Suva25.0km5.0hrs

Sponsors and Supporters:

  • Western Builders Pte. Ltd
  • Sigatoka Electric Limited
  • R.C. Manubhai & Co. Pte Limited
  • Ministry of iTaukei Affairs
  • Telecom Fiji Limited
  • FENC Fiji
  • Ba Motor Parts Limited
  • Hot Bread Kitchen
  • Curry Chef
  • New Zealand High Commission
  • Uprising Beach Resort
  • Interisland Shipping Services
  • Excel Engineering Limited
  • Interisland Freight Services
  • Umesh Mani
  • Dr. Ram Raju
  • Hon. Vijay Nath
  • Hon. Dr. Mahendra Reddy
  • Shangri-La’s Fiji Resort & Spa
  • Coca-Cola Amatil (Fiji) Limited
  • Nestle (Fiji) Limited
  • Fiji Dairy Limited
  • Cost U Less
  • Cost U Less
  • Canform Limited (Lami)
  • Pleass Global Limited
  • Republic of Fiji Military Force
  • Redox Fiji
  • Lomary Secondary School
  • Hot Bread Kitchen
  • Uprising Beach Resort
  • Sigatoka Town Council
  • Tanoa International Nadi
  • Nadi Town Council
  • Tanoa Waterfront Hotel, Lautoka
  • Lautoka Town Council
  • Ba Town Council
  • Newworld Supermarket
  • Tanoa Rakiraki
  • Pak N Save

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