From humble beginnings, Cancer Society turns 20

The Samoa Cancer Society (S.C.S.) marked its 20th anniversary this week with a gathering, reflecting on the Society’s humble beginnings and achievements.

The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama praised the credibility of the organisation with “enviable track records” and one that “operates with integrity”

“Over the years, the society has advocated strongly for those affected by cancer and for policies that will have a positive influence on the well-being of our community,” he said.

“Thankfully, it has been able to provide basic palliative advice, care and other forms of support for hundreds of cancer patients and their families, as well as lending support to much needed data compilation and research.”

The Minister, who is also the Society’s Patron, was especially pleased S.C.S. did not rely solely on Government for funding.

 “Of course like any civil society, underfunded, under resourced, under staffed, the S.C.S. has had its fair share of challenges but the skills and resources made available to move the work of the society forward has been endless.

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“Therefore, tonight’s event is to honour you, the supporter of S.C.S. You, the volunteer, you the donor, you the company and you the independent nation of Samoa.”

The founding President of S.C.S., Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, talked about the organisation’s humble beginnings.

He talked about a small group of people who shared a vision and stood by the vision to establish what is today known as the Samoa Cancer Society.

 “This was my introduction to the world of funding applications,” he said. 

“The lesson for me was the importance of audited accounts to gain and keep the trust of society and the first two years was spent building this trust and confidence.”

Fast forward to today, Incumbent President, Lauaki Jason Annandale highlighted the longevity of the society appreciation to the tremendous support network and partnership not only from the government but with the business community as evidenced in the relations built, where numbers of supporters have grown over the years.

The society has set realistic enough goals with the hope to implement according to its strategic plan 2018-2020 that was also launched at the anniversary celebrations.

Samoa Cancer Society was established in 1998 as an independent, not for profit organisation with a constitutional mandate to help reduce the number of people who develop cancer and to help ensure the best quality of life for people with cancer.  It’s Chief Executive Officer is Shelley Burich.

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