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Samoans Help Raise $20K For Children Of Fiji

Samoans Help Raise $20K For Children Of Fiji
Samoa’s Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa (fourth from left), with artists participated in the POPP organised fundraiser in Apia, Samoa for Tropical Cyclone Winston.
April 18
09:01 2016

The head of the University of the South Pacific Apia-based Pacific Outreach Programme for Polynesia (POPP), Allan Alo, orchestrated the drive to raise funds as a part of USP’s Tropical Cyclone Winston Appeal.

Mr Alo said the fundraiser called for the goodwill spirit of the people to come together and lend a helping hand to the children of Fiji raising 25,000 tala (F$20,394.67).

“Samoa’s kinship ties with Fiji called for a reconnection that landed a compassionate and helping hand, especially to the children of Fiji,” he said.

According to Mr Alo, the tragedy brought together those who were willing to help make a difference in donating whatever little they could do to help.

“The Samoan proverbial saying ‘E pipi’i tia, ‘ae mamao ala’ (Men are living together on earth, but whether they will ever meet depends on the will of God who may send sickness, storms or other obstacles) is what anchored our initiative and made it local and hence attracted many to help out,” he said.

The fundraiser was organised in collaboration with Save the Children Fiji, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Fiji Airways and Apollo Cinemas.

Mr Alo acknowledged the support of USP’s POPP in partnership with Fiji Airways, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apollo Cinema and the people of Samoa who opened their hearts to the children of Fiji.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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