Happy 25th birthday, Betham Brothers Enterprises!

By Aruna Lolani ,

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Betham Brothers Enterprises (B.B.E) celebrated their 25th years of service to Samoa by giving back to their customers and supporting societies such as Nuanua o le Alofa, Disability Advocacy Organization in Samoa and Loto Taumafai Society. 

NYK Bulk and Projects Carriers Ltd. and KYOWA Shipping Co. Ltd are two of biggest shipping organizations in the world and both companies are in partnership with B.B.E.

They are in Samoa to celebrate B.B.E’s birthday with donations to N.O.L.A. and Loto Taumafai.

B.B.E. Head of Customers Broker, Mataafa Saeni Leatupue, said the partnership with NYK Bulk and Projects as well as KYOWA Shipping Co. Ltd for their twenty-five made the donations possible.

The first donation of a $1, 000 cheque from NYK Bulk and Projects, was presented to  N.O.L.A. by Masahiro Morimoto, General Manager of N.Y.K. Bulk & Projects Carriers Ltd, in Tokyo Japan. 

 “We have been doing our best to contribute to civil societies through transportation but we also believe that we should assist through other activities as well and we are here today to recognize the importance of N.O.L.A. and the significant contribution that that organization have made to local societies,” he said.

“Samoa is one of the most important markets in the South Pacific for us."

“We are proud to be able to make a donation in support of N.O.L.A.’s education and good work.”

Mataafa Fuatino Utumapu, office manager for N.O.L.A. acknowledged B.B.E. and its partners from NYK Bulk and Projects for their contribution.

“We started this dialogue in early March of this year, they have been looking for organizations to donate to and that’s not just to donate to but based on the number of works that we have been doing and continue to do for persons with disabilities.

HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY BETHAM BROTHERS ENTERPRISES: Representatives of B.B.E., Fa’amatuainu Atapana Vaa and Mataafa Saeni Leatupue with winner of mystery prize (middle) Saalanepi Talatala.
HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY BETHAM BROTHERS ENTERPRISES: Representatives of B.B.E., Fa’amatuainu Atapana Vaa and Mataafa Saeni Leatupue with winner of mystery prize (middle) Saalanepi Talatala.
Mystery Prize ($2,500) Winner: Saalanepi Talatala Lotofaga from Lotofaga Aleipata
Mystery Prize ($2,500) Winner: Saalanepi Talatala Lotofaga from Lotofaga Aleipata
DONATION TO N.O.L.A.: B.B.E. (Customers Broker) Mataafa Saeni Leatupue, Mataafa Fuatino Utumapu, Masahiro Morimoto and representatives from Betham Brothers Enterprises.
DONATION TO N.O.L.A.: B.B.E. (Customers Broker) Mataafa Saeni Leatupue, Mataafa Fuatino Utumapu, Masahiro Morimoto and representatives from Betham Brothers Enterprises.

“So the fact that they’re donating for us is not just a matter of one partner donating to the other but it is for the realization of how much persons with disabilities are visible in our community and how much work and efforts they put in to make sure that persons with disabilities are inclusive, respected and recognized in all levels of developments.”

The second donation of a $1,200 cheque was given to the Loto Taumafai Society by Mai Kohno, Chief of Trade Headquarters for KYOWA Shipping Co. Ltd.

“All of our vessels come around the South Pacific Islands, so we have three liners services which goes to the Micronesia area, one that serves Papua New Guinea and Australia and our third one; we have boats to Fiji, New Calendonia, Tahiti and of course Apia, so it’s very great to visit one of the ports that we serve.”

Leata’a Devoe, Chief Executive Officer for Loto Taumafai Society acknowledged B.B.E. and KYOWA Shipping Co. Ltd for their contribution.

“I know that this is special to our students and we as a society are very appreciative of any assistance that is given to us for our operations.”

At the end of the donations, B.B.E’s ‘Mystery Draw’ was conducted at its main office at Savalalo where 25 customers were chosen to pick out their special prizes from a mystery box with only one mystery prize.

Each customer won something worthy of their loyalty for using B.B.E. services.

They were gifted with prizes such as vouchers, cash prizes, tickets to the Reds and Blues game, mobile phones with $50 credits, crates of Taula and Taxi drinks but only one winner name Saalanepi Talatala from Lotofaga Aleipata, was blessed with the mystery prize of $2,500 cash. 

The celebration continued last night.

Coverage from the birthday reception will be in tomorrow’s Sunday Samoan. 

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