Global appeal launched for Savalalo market

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An official global ‘Savalalo Market Fundraising Appeal’ has now been launched.

The fundraising appeal is in response to the plight of stall holders and small market vendors whose livelihoods were destroyed when the ‘Savalalo Market’ in Apia, Samoa was completely burned to the ground last Saturday.

Most, if not all stall holders and small market vendors are uninsured. 

That means that whatever stock, equipment and fit-out they lost in the fire are not insured.  

As such, their ability to restart is both challenging and doubtful.

In essence, the real tragedy of this fire is that thousands of livelihoods depended on the business activities of the Savalalo Market. 

This was confirmed by Leuluaiali’i Rosemary Selesitine, President of the Savalalo flea market stall holders association.

The ‘Savalalo Market’ is an iconic feature landmark of Apia over many generations. It holds many fond memories, experiences and stories for both overseas visitors and locals alike.

An account has been set up for the global Samoan and non-Samoan communities and friends of the Savalalo Market to make a donation towards a fund that will be dispersed directly to the affected stall holders and small market vendors to assist in rebuilding their businesses, and livelihood.

The ‘Savalalo Market Fundraising Appeal’ is an act of kindness to give hope and new beginning for the stall holders and small vendors that are affected by this unforeseen event.

Donations can be made from anywhere in

the world to the following account:


Savalalo Market Fundraising Appeal

Account #: 12-3083-0318914-00

Swift Code: ASBBNZ2A; ASB Bank;

Westfield Manukau,

Auckland 1140,

New Zealand.


Please assist by making a donation today, contact So’oalo Setu Mua (+6421) 0232-1489 or email For businesses, organisations and media groups keen to support the Savalalo Market Fundraising  Appeal, please contact Pa'u Edwin Puni (+6421) 618-082 or email: 

A fundraiser is being organised this Saturday at the Otara Flea Market, Auckland, New Zealand. For more information and volunteers, contact Savea Peseta Al Harrington (+6421) 294-7927 or Matamua Lapa Leatio'o (+6427) 298-1020. The appeal will be running only for three weeks.

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