Miss Fa'afafine gives back
The reigning Miss Fa'afafine, Honey Solofa, and her family have given back to the community despite the cancellation of this year's pageant.
A total of $6,000 was divided among six chosen charity groups: Mapuifagalele; Samoa Cancer; Nurses Association (Fa'afafine nurses); Senese; Loto Taumafai; and Samoa Victim Support Group.
Due to the reigning Miss Samoa Fa'afafine not currently being in the country, she has delegated her family and the Samoa Fa'afafine Association (S.F.A.) to present the assistance on her behalf.
The S.F.A. President, Su’a Alex Su'a, said that due to COVID-19 their association had to cancel their annual fundraiser event: the National Fa'afafine Pageant.
“This year our reigning Queen Honey and family members contributed the funds for this charity event,” said Su’a.
“Our association was unsure with our event cancelled whether we could do anything but Honey [took the initiative] to fund the charity event with the help of her family because we do not have any money.”
Su’a also acknowledged their partners such as United Nations Development Programme, Vailima Breweries and Samoa Stationery and Books.
The President added that they have chosen associations that have done the most help with the community but especially are in need of help.
Ms. Solofa’s mother, Mataia Julia Schmidt-Solofa, said that despite their annual event being cancelled they wanted to make a contribution.
“This event was supposed to be done last year but I thank Honey for having a kind heart to want to help those that need assistance.
“Each association will receive $1,000 to assist them with their operations.”
The Chief Executive Officer of Loto Taumafai, Leta'a Daniel Devoe, acknowledged the assistance as much-needed.
“With [the coronavirus] this assistance means so much, despite your annual fundraising being cancelled you still thought of us.
“We pray for God’s blessings upon the work you do for our people.”