The Tsunami Golf Club made good on their pledge to contribute to the Samoa Observer’s Ele Fund yesterday.
At the Faleata Golf Course, the Group officially handed over $1,000 to the Ele Fund.
The President of the Club, Faumuina Wayne Fong, who is also Member of Parliament from Urban West, announced the pledge earlier last week.
Yesterday, Faumuina said the Club believes Ele deserves a monetary award for winning Samoa’s first Olympic medal.
Faumuina has been very vocal about the issue.
“I truly believe that your support should expand so that you can also award those who have returned home with medals,” he said in Parliament when he was speaking about the Totalisator Agency Board (T.A.B.).
“That’s why the additional twelve months which has been given to T.A.B is useful so that they can look at these things carefully and make some changes.”
“As we all know, the policy we have right now is that we only award the gold medalists.”
“To me, getting a Gold medal in the Commonwealth Games is alright but when it comes to the Olympic Games; now that’s a big thing.”
Faumuina said winning a Gold Medal from the Olympics might only be “just a tough dream” for our country.
“Because we don’t know when that will become a reality. But I urge the Board to look at this carefully.”
“We now have a Silver medal from the Olympics, now the thing is, a Gold Medal in the Commonwealth Games is equivalent to fourth place or bronze medal in the Olympics.”
“But now we have a Silver Medal from the Olympics and we are not doing anything about it.”
How to contribute to Samoa Observer - Ele’s Fund
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Account: Samoa Observer – Ele’s Fund: 2000935599 and record your name and details.
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