Mapuifagalele continues to receive donations

The Home of the Elderly at Mapuifagalele continue to receive donations with staff of a local bank and a Catholic parish giving a total of $15,000 in financial support. 

A group from the Saint Anthony Mulivai Parish, led by Tu'u Anasi'i Leota contributed $10,000 and supplies such as food from members of the parish.

"We are from the Saint Anthony parish from Mulivai. The amount we donated today is $10,000 cash to the Mapuifagalele Home of the elderly this morning," Jackie Fepulea'i (group's secretary) said in an interview with Samoa Observer.

She further explained that people from the parish have been donating for the past two days and confirmed that they will continue to contribute to the elderly home.

"The food donations were from the people of the parish. The people of our parish came to bring their donations for the last two days because we are not allowed to come in groups. All the donations from Saint Anthony parish add up to about $20,000," she said.

"We usually donate to the Little Sisters of the Poor so now we rang again and we asked the people if they can donate."

The National Bank of Samoa (N.B.S.) presented $5,000 to the aged care facility. Speaking on behalf of the bank was Saveatama Michael Va'afusuaga, who is the Head of Business and Consumer Banking.

"We saw that there was a need here and on behalf of the bank we just want to contribute. We know that the sisters here do a wonderful job," Mr. Va'afusuaga said in an interview.

According to Mr. Va'afusuaga, the majority of the N.B.S. staff members have a connection to Mapuifagalele Home of the Elderly, added that they contributed because it is their duty to help and contribute to the community.

"So we would like to contribute what we can and help where we can. There is a lot of old people here and they need help so it is just our way of contributing. Most of our staff members have connections to the elderly people here. The first thing is that we are Samoans and we know that our elderly are very important to us," he said

When asked if the N.B.S will continue to contribute to Mapuifagalele he said, "It is something that we are committed to as a bank that we contribute to all communities."

Sister Maureen expressed her thanks to the two groups for their donations.

"I give a big thank you with a big heart. Thank you for these people for being generous to us. We thank them and we will keep on praying for them and we appreciate their generosity," she said.

Sister Maureen stated that they haven't added up the total they have received for the past few days but told the Samoa Observer that the monetary assistance is most likely within the vicinity $30,000.

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