The Samoa Cancer Society is $1,500 better off today thanks to the Pacific community in the Sultanate of Oman, Middle East.
Last week, Omega Malelega Hilbron presented the money on behalf of the Australians and New Zealanders in Oman (A.N.Z.O) committee.
The Society’s Executive Officer, Shelley Burich accepted the donation.
“The funds are part of the proceeds from the annual A.N.Z.O ball which brings together over 400 members of the organization to celebrate Pacific cultures and communities,” said Mrs. Hilbron.
“The Samoa Cancer Society was selected as one of our beneficiaries this year along with other Charities in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
“I am immensely proud to be able to bring something back from the A.N.Z.O community in Oman, towards the work of the Samoa Cancer Society in Samoa.
The work of Samoa Cancer Society is extremely important and we are proud to support this cause.
“Many were involved in the ball and fundraising activities that resulted in this donation, these include A.N.ZO members, sponsors and friends who made it all possible.”
The presentation was the first opportunity Mrs. Hilbron has had to visit S.C.S and in her own words, she said: “I am so happy to learn so much more about the good work that the Society does for our people, not only in Samoa, but in New Zealand too.
I now want to tell my expatriate friends back in Oman, that we need to fundraise for even more funds next time, to help our Cancer Society here at home.” Mrs. Burich expressed her gratitude.
“It’s amazing and exciting to know that the Samoa Cancer Society (a small NGO out in the Pacific Ocean) is being recognised for its work for cancer patients, all the way out the Middle East,” she said.
A.N.Z.O stands for Australians and New Zealanders in Oman.
Its members are made up of Kiwis and Aussies and recently includes Pacific Islanders and families who work and live there.
A.N.Z.O is run by a committee of volunteers who organize events throughout the year for the A.N.Z.O community.