Samoa comes together for Fiji

By Vatapuia Maiava 08 March 2016, 12:00AM

Le Manumea Hotel hosted a fundraising Fiafia night on Saturday night in partnership with Taula Beverages to show support for victims of Cyclone Winston in Fiji.

Guests were shown a good time while being soothed by original numbers by the talented singer Alexia Rae Costello and her father Daniel Rae Costello.

Cecilia’s Fashion House also showed their support by providing lovely dresses for a fashion show and then donating one of their dresses which was auctioned at $650.

Guests were then entertained the rest of the night by Le Manumea’s signature Island Night Show with talent-filled dances and performances. The night was a success, bringing in $27,584.40, which will all go to our neighbouring island Fiji. Luna Marsters-Paul, of Manumea, said she just wanted to help out.

“Well this event was inspired when I was sitting here after one of the island nights and I looked into the bar and saw Lice who is a Fijian girl and has been working for my mother for years,” she said.

“So I clicked and thought that we haven’t done anything for Fiji, straight away I told the girls that we are going to do a fundraiser and whatever we make will be sent over to Fiji.

 “It started off just being another show and so it evolved a bit more. The main thing is that we are giving from the heart which is our theme ‘heart for Fiji’, whatever amount we make we will be giving it from the heart even if we don’t make much.”

Ms. Paul is extremely thankful for the part Taula played. “We asked Enele if he wanted to help out and within a day he replied saying that he will sponsor us,” she said. “Which shows the heart of him and his company being so big and willing to help; we would like to thank Taula for their support.”

For Taula’s General Manager Enele Westerlund this occasion was worth supporting.

“When Luna approached us and said she wanted to do a fundraising night we were all on board to see what we can do to help,” Mr. Westerlund said. “We offered free beer for them to help get people to buy tickets so they can get as much money as they can to help those affected by the cyclone.”

Mr. Westerlund is always looking for smarter and fair ways to help people. “We always try and help where we can and obviously there will always be people needing help here and there,” Mr. Westerlund said.

“We need to be not just strategic but also fair in all cases so we can see if there is something we can do to help, especially when it’s something like what Fiji just went through.

 “We want to say thank you to Le Manumea for giving us the opportunity to partner up with them and giving people a chance to try the new Taula, lending to a good cause and trying something new is always good for everyone.”

Apart from Taula Beverages helping out through small promotions this is the first official partnership between them and Le Manumea Hotel with both parties wishing for this relationship to remain strong.

An anonymous donor contributed $15,000 to the total. 

By Vatapuia Maiava 08 March 2016, 12:00AM

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