Samoa’s leading daily newspaper, the Samoa Observer Newspaper Group, has thrown its weight behind the Marist St. Joseph’s Sports Club’s first Joseph’s International Sports Week.
Launched last night at Hotel Tanoa Tusitala by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, the Week is scheduled to start on 10 February until 18 February 2017.
Yesterday at Vaitele, the Samoa Observer presented its donation valued at $30,000 in kind. The donation covers publicity materials, advertisements for the Sports Week as well as coverage for the individual sports involved.
The presentation was attended by the Vice President of Marist Sports Club, Tupa’i Klaus Stunzner, Secretary Misa Vicky Lepou and Executive Members Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a and Tavui Mike Lemisio.
Samoa Observer Editor, Mata’afa Keni Lesa, congratulated Marist for the initiative. He noted that at a time when there are so many social challenges for the youth, initiatives such as the Marist Sports Week provide an avenue for young people to channel their energy towards.
“The Samoa Observer is Samoa’s newspaper and we are always happy to help our community where we can,” he said. “On behalf of our Editor in Chief, Gatoaitele Savea Sano and Publisher, Muliaga Jean Malifa, we congratulate the Marist Sports Club for this wonderful initiative and we wish them all the best.”
Samoa Observer’s Marketing and Sales Manager, Helen Papali’i presented the cheque.
Vice President Tupa’i expressed Marist’s heartfelt thank you to the Samoa Observer.
“This will be a great opportunity for boys and girls to play at a higher level,” he said. “The inclusion of regional and international athletes in the Marist week will help the development of our local players.”
Tupa’i said the Club is indebted to the local business community and their supporters for without them, it is impossible to host such tournaments.
The week-long festivities will feature sports such as rugby league, touch rugby, netball and boxing, with the main event being the Vailima Marist International Sevens tournament. It will start with the Fight For Marist II on Friday February 10 and culminate with Rugby 7’s on Saturday February 18.