Musicians raise $1,000 for Fiji

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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Ariane Stevenson and musician Toomalatai Mac Laban.

Ariane Stevenson and musician Toomalatai Mac Laban.

The initiative by musician To'omalatai Mac Laban and Ariane Stevenson, owner of Cocktails on the Rocks to use the talents of Samoan musicians to raise funds for Fiji was a success.

Mrs. Stevenson confirmed that they raised around $1,000 for Fiji.

The idea of rallying musicians for Fiji came about when Toomalatai had a flashback of the 2009 tsunami devastation which they also hosted a fundraising event for.

In an interview during the event, Toomalatai spoke on the importance of helping others.

“This is a good opportunity for our children and youth to experience what it’s like to help others with their talents. Events like this will plant seeds in their souls letting them know that they can always help others with their gifts from God,” Toomalatai said.

“Music, dance and other forms of talent can all be used to help rather than just to make money.

“Fiji is part of our Pacific family and they would help us if we suffered in any way so our people need to start building on the bonds we already share,” Toomalatai said.

Toomalatai continued by saying that this is the best way to channel one's talents.

“It is very important that the people who have talent channel it into something positive. Money will take you only so far but to be able to help others; that is a gift you can keep for the rest of your lives,” he said.

“I want to say thank you to all the musicians who gave up their time to support the cause and to all those who gave donations. Together we stand for others.”

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