THE Petero Civoniceva Foundation has set its sight right to fight against diabetes in the country.
Former Vodafone Fiji Bati captain Civoniceva received a $15,000 cheque from one of the leading vehicle companies in Fiji, Asco Motors, yesterday in Suva.
Civoniceva is also a new ambassador for the company.
The foundation will be holding a five kilometres dash for diabetes program.
Civoniceva said his foundation was planning to create awareness in the societies on high number of diabetes cases recorded in the country.
"We are really excited to partner with Asco Motors and we can't be more grateful to the company," he said.
"The gift would go a long way in holding this event since it is an annual event and requires some support," he said.
"They are helping us to get the message across which is an important issue on the diabetes message and as a community we can bring about awareness.
"This would help how we can help us the level of diabetes cases reported in Fiji."
He said the foundation would work with number of schools in the country.
"The awareness starts with inspiring youths by giving them the right ways to exercise and how to eat properly."
"The foundation is working with schools in Suva and our aim is to run our program throughout the country.
"Obliviously it is early days but we are working with seven schools but we hope to get more schools. They are helping us to get the message across which is an important issue on the diabetes message and as a community we can bring about awareness. This would help how we can help us reduce the level of diabetes cases reported in Fiji."
Acting chief executive officer of Asco Motors Ronal Kumar said the company committed to the program to fight against diabetes.
"This gift is socially engineered, has social objectives and we hope we will generate a lot of positive goodwill with the people of Fiji," he said.
"We want Toyota to be seen as a partner of social development through healthy lifestyles choices."
The dash will take place on November 14 in Suva.