Taumeasina gets behind campaign

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu 22 May 2018, 12:00AM

The team at Taumeasina Island Resort is getting behind Samoa Cancer Society’s Shave, Save Or Dye campaign.

And leading by example, General Manager, Nathan Bucknall, has offered up his luscious locks for the cause.

He is also encouraging his staff to join in the cause to fight cancer in Samoa. To help them, they have set up a gofundme.com page for people all over the world to donate to the cause. 

Mr. Bucknall told the Samoa Observer this is for a great cause and giving back to the community is something their team at Taumeasina is committed to do. 

“Taumeasina Island Resort is aiming to raise $5,000 Samoan,” he said.

If Taumeasina reaches their goal, Mr. Bucknall will dye his golden locks pink for one week before shaving it.

Established in 1981, the Samoa Cancer Society is run by a small and dedicated team whose aim is to reduce the number of people in Samoa diagnosed with cancer and ensure the best quality of life for those affected by cancer.

Samoa Cancer Society promotes healthy lifestyles to reduce the risk of developing cancer and encourages early detection and effective treatment of cancer.

This month, the Bluesky Samoa shave, save or dye it campaign was launched.

This event aims to raise awareness and raise funds to assist the Samoa Cancer Society.

The campaign will be held on 28 June, 2018 at the Taumeasina Island Resort from 6pm until midnight and registrations ended on 18 May.

Twenty-eight people have registered including an 11-year-old, who is the youngest of the lot so far. 

This was according to Samoa Cancer Society President, Lauaki Jason Annandale at the launch of the campaign.  

He said having Minister for Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio and Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Afamasaga Lepuia’i Rico Tupai on board helps boost cancer awareness. 

“I am extremely grateful to have the support of the Government. The Ministers and some of the key captains in the industry have registered and are hoping they could reach their targets. In that way we can raise some resources for the Cancer Society.

“Having high profile members of Cabinet in the Government and captain of industries help raise the profile of the event, which is also very important for us,” he said.

Lauaki also highlighted the importance of raising awareness.

“It is important for us to raise that awareness so we would also start getting more patients who feel that they have the symptoms of cancer, presenting it early so that doctors can be able to assess where they are at.

“We have an issue here in Samoa of late presentation and when someone presents themselves late, it makes it very difficult to be able to find some kind of remedy. Prevention is better than cure.” 

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu 22 May 2018, 12:00AM

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