World champ brings smiles

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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A MOMENT TO REMEMBER: Uanita Leuluai and her son Jacob with Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker.

A MOMENT TO REMEMBER: Uanita Leuluai and her son Jacob with Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker.

Smiles of joy and disbelief were seen on the faces of the children at Pediatric ward at the Moto’otua hospital yesterday when a very high profile visitor turned up with bags of Christmas gifts.

The visitor was none other than world heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker, who fronted up as Digicel’s Ambassador for the company’s annual Christmas hospital visit.  It proved a massive hit as children’s faces lit up at the realization that Parker was there to see them.

Din Lino, 9-years-old from Vaiala, said it’s a moment she will never forget.  

“I opened my eyes and I saw him smiling,” she said. “I thought it was a dream; I was really shocked.”

She went on to say that she was so happy to finally meet him in person.  “I am happy and grateful to Digicel for the presents, but I am happier because I finally got to see Joseph Parker in person.” 

Owen Usufono, 11 years old, was equally excited. 

Owen Usufono with his present.
Owen Usufono with his present.
Din Lino from Vaiala receiving a present from Lupesoliai.
Din Lino from Vaiala receiving a present from Lupesoliai.

 “I am thrilled to have finally seen him in real life,” he told the Samoa Observer. “I want to be just like him when I grow up. I want to be a boxer and represent my family and country.” 

Uanita Leuluai, a mother whose child was at the hospital as well spoke on behalf of the parents there to thank Digicel for the great initiative. 

Turning to Lupesoliai, Uanita thanked him for putting a smile on the children’s faces and for taking Samoa to the top of the world. “Thanks for the surprise and for the presents,” said Uanita. 

“You guys definitely made our children smile; it was an unexpected visit. But thanks a lot for taking  time out of your busy schedule to come and visit the children here at the hospital.

“Keep up the good work, and we will be cheering for you all the way.”

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