Pacific Ezy Money adds to growing number of assistance
Pacific Ezy Group has donated $10,000 to the fight against the measles that has been sweeping through Samoa in the past three months.
Pacific Ezy General Manager, Jeff Mahoney. together with company representatives presented their assistance to the Chairman of the Disaster Advisory Committee, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, at the National Emergency Operation Center (N.E.O.C.).
"We are a member of the community," said Mr. Mahoney.
"It's very important for us to support the community as the community supports us each and every week, so we just want to make sure that we help out in this time of need."
Mr. Mahoney said he hopes the people of Samoa gets vaccinated and that no one else passes away from the contagious virus.
"The company supports people getting vaccinated because that is important for everybody."
Further help by the company for the community included extended hours during the weekend right after the shut down to ensure that more people are able to come in and have the chance to get their money from overseas families, said Mahoney.
Disaster Advisory Committee Chairman, Ulu said every assistance that comes into the office is recorded as the Ministry of Finance and also goes through the audit process, saying the Government is not taking the high level of help provided lightly.
Ulu roughly estimated the amount of monetary help that has been handed into the Center at $300,000.
It is the orders of the state that all assistance related to measles are to go through the NEOC and Ulu said about five to six donations come through their doors each day.
"All these items and monetary help coming in are rationed by the Center to the hospital, especially the wards with the sick children," he said.
"We receive a mixture of monetary support and funding and also basic supplies including food and clothing.
"In addition we notice that it is time of Christmas and we've known that the most vulnerable people are kids, and we receive things like pampers and even toys."
Ulu highlighted that there is a wide variety of assistance coming in from local families, businesses and Churches.
"There is overwhelming support from both local businesses and Churches and we would like to acknowledge them, thank you," he said.