Member of Parliament from Urban West, Faumuina Wayne Fong, has pledged $1,000 from the Tsunami Golf Club towards the Samoa Observer’s Ele fund.
“We’ve already discussed the issue and everybody is contributing to the cause,” he said.
“We’re in the process of collecting our contribution.”
Faumuina has also become a strong advocate of calls for the government to change its policy in relation to monetary rewards for Olympic medalists.
Speaking to Samoa Planet, he said: “Personally, in my view, Ele receiving a Silver Medal in the Olympics is a massive achievement despite the delay, and is one that definitely deserves reward. If I’m correct I believe that is our Country’s first Olympic medal and who knows when we will win the next one?”
“Monetary rewards paid by the government to athletes or sports teams is generally an incentive by government or an acknowledgement by government of an individual or team’s performance.
“The policy of rewarding athletes is not strict so it can be changed. Policies and understandings (MOU) can be changed if matters arise that need changing.
“It is not a strict policy or some kind of law set in stone so they can change that policy I suppose on a case by case basis to suit the needs.
“The government and government ministries and corporations are champions in this area, so it can be changed in Ele Opeloge’s case.”
How to contribute to Samoa Observer - Ele’s Fund
Take your donation to the Samoa Observer Apia office or the Samoa Observer Vaitele headquarters, record your name and details and get a receipt.
Take your donation to the Bank of the South Pacific, Apia, Vaitele or Salelologa,
Account: Samoa Observer – Ele’s Fund: 2000935599 and record your name and details.
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