Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.) has presented $10,000 in cash and kind to the Samoa Cancer Society.
President of S.S.A.B. Fiti Lafaele-Leung Wai said it had been a privilege for them to be part of the cancer awareness campaign.
“The promotion was dedicated to a very special person, my dearest sister, Ata Toleafoa, a strong fighter and survivor of cancer,” said Mrs. Leung Wai.
“It also acknowledges a dear friend, Manamea Apelu–Schwalger, whose hard work and commitment to the Pinktober promotion and cancer awareness has probably saved many lives.”
Mrs. Leung Wai added the promotion had touched her sister’s heart.
“The promotion made her want to do something to make a difference,” she said.
“She’s far away in America, but her heart is still here with our people in Samoa, especially our Samoa Cancer Society and as a result she donated $5,000 for our Samoa Cancer Society.”
“A lot of people say that they care but I believe actions really also matter.”
“Ata, I hope our actions and promotion shows our love for you and to say we care and want to help by supporting the Samoa Cancer Society and spreading awareness with the hope to save lives.”
She also acknowledges the support of her staff throughout the month of October.
“S.S.A.B. had stated from the outset of our Pinktober promotion that a percentage of proceeds from our sale of every pink item in the shop will be donated to the Samoa Cancer Society.”
“Five percent of such proceeds amounted to a round less than $1,000 but S.S.A.B. has decided to match my sister Ata’s donation of $5,000.”
“As such I am happy to announce that we will be donating $5,000 to Samoa Cancer Society, so overall Ata and S.S.A.B. have agreed to donate $10,000 altogether.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Cancer Society, Shelley Burich, acknowledged the support from S.S.A.B. throughout the Pinktober month.
“I realize that it is not easy for a lot of businesses to be doing a lot of this community work that you do but we applaud you for taking on the Pinktober challenge and for all the work that you do for the community in Samoa,” she said.
“Pinktober was a great success in more ways than one and yes the monetary donation is great and they are very helpful.”
“The personalization that it created for breast cancer awareness and that has been the biggest success of Pinktober in October.”
“We had just for the Samoa Cancer Society alone we had over 100 people either come to our office or give us a call to ask about breast cancer awareness.”
“Throughout the Pinktober awareness, we raised more than $30,000 and so I thank everyone for their support and especially to S.S.A.B.”