The National University of Samoa’s Annual Fund (N.U.S.A.F.) Bingo Raffle has raised $30,000 towards a new amphitheatre for the campus.
The raffle was drawn on Wednesday after the launch of twenty sheltered benches, also funded by the N.U.S.A.F, at the Taputoi Building Foyer.
The launch began with a prayer said by Mata’afa Ratami Fatilua, the N.U.S.A.F. representative.
Acting N.U.S.A.F. Chair, Cheri Moana Robinson Moors, also Acting Vice Chancellor thanked all the contributors who worked together in making the project a success.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to our National University of Samoa for your efforts and contributing to making this happen,” she said.
“We give thanks to our Heavenly Father for enabling this day and this occasion for us all.
“Thank you to the Chair and members of N.U.S.A.F committee. We recognise your dedication, your efforts and progressing as well as making this initiative possible.”
She also acknowledged the support of the National University of Samoa Student Association (N.U.S.S.A) for contributing to the development as part of the community.
The continuing projects include the twenty sheltered benches made by the students of Carpentry and Joinery Programme from the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Taito John Roache, explained the benches project.
“These benches were made by the students for the students,” Mr Roache said.
“Each bench costs ST$2,000.00 which adds up to ST$40,000.00 for the whole project and we are expecting our upcoming project which is an Amphitheatre as in the amount of more than a million,” Mr Roache said.
The programme ended with the raffle draw where five members of the NUS staff won cash prizes.
The first prize of ST$2,000.00 cash was won by Afualo Dr Salele of the Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship (F.O.B.E) and was received by the Dean, Seve Folototo Seve.
The Student’s Association won the second prize of ST$1,000.00 cash.
The third prize, also ST $1,000.00 cash, was won by Penelope Schoffel of the Centre of Samoa Studies.
Two ST$500.00 prizes were won by Peseta Desmond Lee Hang (Deputy Vice Chancellor and Felton Pavitt (Governance, Policy and Planning).
The draw was held under the supervision of the Ministry of Police.
*Katalina Tovia is a final year media and journalism student at N.U.S.