Supporters and members of the Fa’ataua o le Ola were out in numbers yesterday morning to participate in this year’s Walk for Life.
Among them was former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, who led the march.
Guided by the theme “Walking towards a suicide-free Samoa,” the initiative encourages members of the public to choose life and to always know that solutions are available to their problems.
The event yesterday was dedicated to the memory of the late Reverend Mafi Oloapu, who had been the director of Fa’ataua o le Ola for many years.
His Highness Tui Atua Tupua pledged his full support to the cause, as he has always done over the years.
“To those who are depressed or considering suicide as a solution, through the walk for life, we are here to say we love you and we care for you,” he said.
“We want to give you some tangible evidence of this love and caring by walking in order to say I hear Christ and I hear your cries.
“I want to tell you that there are so many beautiful things in this world that you can contribute to, not only to yourself, but to families and the country if you allow Christ our Saviour into your mind,” he said.
Walk for life is one event that Faataua o le Ola uses as an awareness programme to deliver their message.
“The message is very simple, Christ I hear you and for those who are facing this dreadful dilemma, we love you and care for you.”
Among the participants was the wife of the late Rev. Mafi, Mele Oloapu, who thanked the organization for believing and supporting her husband throughout the years.
“Whoever will be selected to continue the work that was carried out by her husband, I wish them the very best.”
Representative of Fa’ataua o le Ola, Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale, on behalf of Hans Joachim Keil, thanked those who contributed to making Walk for Life possible this year.