White Sunday help

By Aruna Lolani ,

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Courtesy of the Betham Brothers Enterprises, Trans Pacific Travel and Budget Rentals, these families each received food supplies and $200 to make this Sunday extra special.

Tomorrow will be a White Sunday to remember for ten families, thanks to the generosity of Betham Brothers Enterprises. The families were featured in the Village Voice section of the Samoa Observer.

Courtesy of the Betham Brothers Enterprises, Trans Pacific Travel and Budget Rentals, these families each received food supplies and $200 to make this Sunday extra special.

Reports of the everyday lives of these families were published in the paper throughout this year and they were randomly chosen by the company.

Village Voice is the section of the national newspaper that focuses on families with stories of everyday struggles and hardships.

The donation by B.B.E. totaled $5,000 with $3,000 spent on food supplies and $2,000 distributed as cash gifts.

According to the Office Supervisor of B.B.E. Ltd, Ruta Williams, the donation was made possible with the money raised during the companies’ fundraising games last Saturday.

Instead of the company spending the money, they decided to donate it as White Sunday presents for these families.

“These funds were initially allocated for office purposes,” said Ruta to the Village Voice families.

“However, after further elaborations and discussions, we’ve opted to donate this money for families who need the financial assistance.

“For this White Sunday, we want your children to feel and have what we provide for our own children.”

Fiu Mosiula of Falelauniu and his family were the first to receive the donation. His story was published on 19th May, 2017.

The 70-year-old and his wife were overwhelmed with the unexpected visit from staff members of the companies.

“This is definitely a surprise for us,” Fiu said.

“We thank you so much for noticing our family and we truly appreciate everything that you have given us.

Lisi Toma’s family of Malie also expressed similar sentiments.

Lisi couldn’t hold back her tears when she was presented the gifts.

B.B.E. staff with Va’afa’i Finau and his family from Afega. Photo / Misiona Simo
B.B.E. staff with Va’afa’i Finau and his family from Afega. Photo / Misiona Simo
A visit paid to Alaese Fereti and her children by B.B.E. staff members.Photo / Misiona Simo
A visit paid to Alaese Fereti and her children by B.B.E. staff members.Photo / Misiona Simo
B.B.E. staff members with Fiu Mosiula and his family from Falelauniu.
B.B.E. staff members with Fiu Mosiula and his family from Falelauniu.
Lisi Toma with her children together with B.B.E. staff members.
Lisi Toma with her children together with B.B.E. staff members.
Akenese Ah Sam and her family with B.B.E. staff members.
Akenese Ah Sam and her family with B.B.E. staff members.

“I didn’t really expect this to happen,” Lisi said.

“And I just want to thank your companies for doing this for my grandchildren. I have nothing to offer but all I can say is; may the Lord bless you for all that you have given for my family.”

The look on the children’s faces put smiles on the B.B.E staff members’ faces as it was definitely something they would remember for a long time. It was an emotional and a happy moment for all the families because they had never expected to be blessed with gifts before White Sunday. They were all thankful for the assistance and goods provided by the companies.

The B.B.E. family of Companies had provided assistance to other Village Voice families last year.

 

The ten families:

1) Fiu Mosiula from Falelauniu

2) Lisi Toma from Malie

3) Eunike Va’afa’i Finau from Afega

4) Alaese Fereti from Lotoso’a Saleimoa

5) Su’e Epati from Faleasiu

6) Ta’atia Reupena from Faleasiu

7) Anovale Aiono from Fasitoo uta

8) Tifitifi Ioelu from Fasitoo uta

9) Akenese Ah Sam from Fasitoo uta

10) Pepe Uati from Falelauniu

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