The Bank of South Pacific (B.S.P) has thrown its weight behind the Rugby Academy Samoa in a bid to discover future stars.
Last week, the Bank’s Country Head, Maryann Lameko-Vaai, donated $5,000 cash, $5,000 worth of academic scholarships and merchandise worth $6,000 to the Academy. The Go Green Merchandize includes polo shirts, rugby balls and other rugby gear.
Mrs. Lameko-Vaai said the Bank was proud to support the programme as well as the development of the young people of Samoa.
“Not only in sports but also with their education aspirations,” she said. “So we are very happy to be in partnership with the Rugby Academy Samoa.
“I think it’s a wonderful programme that you are putting together for our young people and it is the very reason we have decided as a bank to come to the party and see what we can do to assist you in your endeavours.”
Mrs. Maryanne Lameko spoke about the importance of education.
“Some of these students who want to be a part of the Academy also want to attend school but find that they are living on the island of Savai’i or they are from the rural areas and we want them to have the opportunity to come to Apia, go to school in Apia and also be part of this wonderful training programme.”
Founder of R.A.S, Mase Mahonri Swalger, said the help of companies like B.S.P is a lifeline for the programme.
“We cannot go any further without the help of these big companies to develop our kids,” he said. “The main purpose of the Rugby Academy is us offering opportunities for our kids in rural areas so they can expand their knowledge and make them have the opportunity that Apia’s got.
“We are grateful to B.S.P for their generosity.”
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