Digicel & Fiji Surfing Association unite to promote water safety
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DIGICEL & FIJI SURFING ASSOCIATION UNITE TO PROMOTE WATER SAFETY
‘Digicel Fiji 7s boys help train youngsters at Kaji Open Day’
Monday, 21 June, 2010 Fiji: As part of a long term sponsorship package, Digicel supported the Fiji Surfing Association’s (FSA) first Kaji Open Day for 2010 on the weekend at Natadola, encouraging children to learn to surf and acquire basic water safety knowledge.
Surfing is an easily accessible sport allowing fitness development for the whole body and incorporates swimming, paddling, balance, strength and mental fitness. The Kaji Open Day was designed for those interested in learning to surf to have basic training conducted by trained surf coaches in Fiji. It also featured newly introduced Zorbe Balls and Paddle Skis; members of the Digicel Fiji’s 7s team were also on hand to help out with training and lead a friendly game of touch rugby. The Open Day targeted children and teens, bringing together those interested in surfing, spreading water safety knowledge to villages and townships, and promote healthy lifestyles for children and teenagers.
Bronwyn Curnow, FSA Co-ordinator, said, “The FSA has worked long and hard to make the Kaji Open Day happen. We’re also hoping to gain a few members from this Kaji Open Day, and will encourage these FSA Juniors to compete and surf alongside those experienced to gain valuable knowledge in surfing. We had a lot of fun activities as well as a beach clean-up at Natadola today to celebrate International Surfing Day. We’d also like to thank our major sponsor Digicel for supporting not only the FSA but an initiative such as Kaji Open Day, as well as Mai TV and Namotu Island.”
Matthew Nute, Sponsorship Manager, Digicel Fiji, said, “We are delighted to be supporting FSA’s Kaji Open Day initiative through our sponsorship of the FSA. Digicel is always interested in working with organisations and groups that work with communities and this has been a great opportunity to work with FSA and promote water safety. We are pleased to have supported FSA at this event through a cash donation, as well as phones and topup to allow FSA representatives to communicate with each other around Fiji. Some of the Digicel Fiji 7s boys have also come along and they’ve had a great time out here today. This is just a first step in our partnership with the FSA and we look forward to supporting similar initiatives in future.”
Digicel Fiji has committed to a year’s sponsorship of the FSA’s activities, with a focus on water safety programmes for children and teens.
Saturday’s Kaji Open Day also coincided with International Surfing Day, a day dedicated to surfers all around the world who are helping to protect oceans, waves and beaches.
ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP
After nine years of operation, Digicel has 9.1 million customers across its Caribbean and Central American markets and is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting-edge of wireless communications. The company is also a recent entrant to the Central American market in Panama and Honduras, where is has 1.6 million subscribers.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and now has operations in 32 markets worldwide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts. Pacific markets comprise: Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.
In total, across its 32 markets, Digicel has over 10.7 million subscribers.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean and Central American sports teams, including the West Indies Cricket Team and Special Olympics teams throughout the region. Digicel is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Championships and the Copa de Naciones Digicel, which are the Caribbean and Central American qualifiers to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. And in the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams including the Digicel Fiji 7s, Digicel Tonga Ikale Tahi 7s and 15s and the Digicel Vanuatu 7s and 15s. Digicel also sponsors the Vanuatu Cricket team.
The Fiji Surfing Association (FSA) is committed to the development and sustainability of surfing in Fiji and our junior development program is essential part of our training programme. The FSA is a not-for-profit organisation and the national governing body for surfing, representing Fiji on the international stage as a member of the International Surfing Association.