C.E.A.C. donates to volleyball teams
Five newly registered volleyball teams under the Volleyball Samoa Federation were presented new uniforms and netball gears by the Community Education Advocacy Center (C.E.A.C.).
Held at Ji Xiang Chinese Restaurant Thursday night, the five teams included two men and women's teams as well as the 'Queens' volleyball team. The sporting equipment were donated by C.E.A.C.'s President Stacey Aunei from Australia
President of the Volleyball Samoa Federation Tu'ulua Lauina Aisaka, who is also the national men's volleyball coach, encouraged the teams to look beyond what they see as well as to rely on God to develop their skills.
"You never know maybe in the next three-five years, you'll be in my position right now talking to us, and this is where you need to focus on developing your talent, and I've said this before; if you're not honest with what you do, the game will not be honest with you too," he said.
Tu'ulua said the teams were not able to travel to China to undergo training for the Pacific Games due to some circumstances, but highlighted the volleyball federation has its own specific yearly plans.
"What the federation is planning at aiming for does not only provide final trials for the women's teams but also unite the men's teams and see what sort of potential they are able to fulfill as a team.
"This is what is in the plans for New Zealand on the 14th of this month, but for the China trip, that is a great opportunity missed for the teams," he said.
Tu'ulua encouraged the players to utilise the opportunities and support from C.E.A.C.
"Having people (C.E.A.C.) come to round you guys up and provide support is a rare thing, so hold on to it," he told.
"My advice to you is, do not lose this sponsor, hold on tight, as I have said, you may not have made it to the Pacific Games this year, but come ready for the next sporting events," he urged.
C.E.A.C. Chief Executive Officer, Pa'u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo said this is exactly what C.E.A.C. is all about.
Founded in 2017, C.E.A.C.'s mission is to unite skills and experiences of a group of individual volunteers of Samoan nationality to provide help and assist Samoan families who are registered with the CEAC trust.
"We provide educational and sport programmes which we value and this is the first time we have received help from overseas, specifically Australia," he said.
C.E.A.C. is a non-profit organisation comprising a group of volunteers who offer their services to help the people of Samoa through education.
The Center provides courses including English, Math, Science, Law and Land entitlement for all Samoans.
"C.E.A.C. fundraises and seeks sponsorship grants to inspire lifelong learning, educate, and strengthen our communities who are in need.
"Our vision is to provide a living spring of water with a never ending wealth of education for the low income earners and the wider community," said Pa'u.