Gifts from the heart for charity

By Deidre Fanene ,

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A GIFT FROM THE HEART: Sister Maria Calnene, Managing Director and Owner of S.S.A.B. Fiti Leung Wai, Sister Maureen Moraa, President of the S.V.S.G Siliniu Muliagatele Chang and the President of the Get Along Club, Adrian Reid.

A GIFT FROM THE HEART: Sister Maria Calnene, Managing Director and Owner of S.S.A.B. Fiti Leung Wai, Sister Maureen Moraa, President of the S.V.S.G Siliniu Muliagatele Chang and the President of the Get Along Club, Adrian Reid.

The Little Sisters of the Poor at Mapuifagalele and the Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G) received $2,000 each from the Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.) yesterday.

The donation came from S.S.A.B’s All Boys Club called the “Get Along Club” as well proceeds raised during Kid’s Fun Day during the Christmas Holiday.

Managing Director and Owner of S.S.A.B, Fiti Leung Wai, reiterated that they are all about helping the community.

 “About seven years ago, I remember serving two nuns who came to our Lotemau Branch. We helped them because they were looking for some stationery, white board, envelopes and few other items,” she recalled.

“After they had identified the products they wanted they said to me “Can you donate these items to us please” and I thought oh wow after all the help in everything they want us to donate the products to them for free.

“I am not Catholic and I don’t know the different religious orders so I called my husband because he went to a Catholic school to explain to me who the Little Sisters of the Poor were and the type of volunteer work that they dedicate their lives to do.

“After our conversation, I was very happy to give the Little Sisters of the Poor the items they wanted for free even though S.S.A.B. was fairly new at the time.

“And ever since then whenever the nuns come to our shop and if they ever want anything for free we have always given them the items or stationery for free because we applaud and appreciate the important work that they do for our old people.

The Samoa Victim Support Group is another organisation close to Mrs. Leung Wai’s heart.

“I know that they do a lot of work for victims of crime,” she said.

“When I first visited the shelter for babies a couple of years ago I was heartbroken to see a lot of babies just sitting there with no mothers and more importantly needing all the love in the world and attention.

“I remember coming home and night and I spoke to my husband and my heart went out to Siliniu Lina Chang and her staff for looking after the babies and the children at the shelter with limited resources.

“After that visit I used my network to explore who can help with the shelter and to help S.V.S.G.”

Sister Maureen Moraa of the Little Sisters of the Poor acknowledged the support of S.S.A.B.

 “The story she told today is true, we go around and ask people to help so that we could be able to serve the elders at Mapuifagalele,” she said.

“There are 45 elderly people who are living in Mapuifagalele and most of them are on wheel chairs and so we need all the help we can get from everywhere in looking after our elderly parents.”

Siliniu Lina Chang also acknowledged the support of S.S.A.B.

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