"Run to Give" donates to Samoa Cancer Society
The Samoa Cancer Society (S.C.S.) has received a donation of more than $2000 from the annual 'Run to Give'.
A ceremony handing over the final proceeds of $2,089 from the weekend's charitable event was held at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel and Bungalows in Apia yesterday.
According to the coordinator of Sheraton’s Run to Give, Desiree Ulia, the event is Marriott International's global charity event and it acts as an outreach activity for our local communities.
“The event started in 2016 with proceeds going to S.C.S. The goal was not only to become a charity event and grab in the contribution from Samoa but also give back to Samoa in terms of engaging with the community and Sheraton,” she said.
The event took place last Saturday at Malaefatu Park where 53 runners registered.
“Some of the funds for the donation also include random donations from participants who instead of running just pledged their assistance.
“There were no major challenges while organising the event, we had enough time to prepare and thanks to the sponsors who assisted us with prizes in the forms of vouchers.”
The Marketing Manager of S.C.S, Verona Parker, acknowledged the assistance from Sheraton.
“We did not have a fundraising event on September because we just finished Sei Pua Day celebrated on August but then Sheraton approached us that they would like to come on board," she said.
“The initiative is a good way to encourages our people into healthy lifestyles.
“We are still collecting data on the number of cancer patients in Samoa but ideally we would like to see, is some more collaborative effort between S.C.S. and Ministry of Health in terms of data collection.”
She added that so far, they have found that breast cancer continues to be the highest type of cancer that is found within the communities.
“The concern is the numbers keep increasing for cancer patients and not having healthy people to contribute Samoa’s development is a concern.
“The funding will assist with our outreach programmes to villages and work places by providing information on the various cancers.
“And also we conduct a weekly palliative care visits or patients support visitation to Satui and Satapuala.”
Brian Nathan, the Cluster General Manager of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Greys Hotel and Bungalows and Sheraton Beach Resort also acknowledged the event's major sponsor, Digicel and other contributors including: "Taula Beverage and Taxi, Farmer Joe, Lucky Foodtown, Chan Mow, Vailima, TV1, Tissan, Happy Kids, Radio Polynesia, Samoa Pure Water, Samoa Stationery and Books, Samoa Observer, Eveni Carruthers and Ulia Plantations.”