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Local firm gives to Mapufagalele nursing home

Local company Island Rock has donated a brand new washing machine to the elderly residents of the Mapufagalele nursing home.

Island Rock general manager, Tuaopepe Asiata Jerry Wallwork, said the kind gesture was part of the company’s 25 Days of the Spirit of Christmas campaign.

He said they felt the need to assist Mapufagalele and had the nursing home sisters go to the company’s premises to select what they saw is essential to the nursing home. 

And as a gift from the company, a new washing machine was delivered yesterday to the nursing home. 

Nursing home resident, Leilua Fiu Aukusitinothe, thanked Island Rock for the donation.

“No matter what the donation is, we would have been grateful nonetheless. Our purpose in being here has esteemed nothing but appreciation for all the help and donations people have given us. 

“And we all would like to thank you so much for this gift that has only assisted to the development in our home,” he said.

Leilua, who is 83 years old and is from the village of Safotulafai on Savai’i, has been a resident at the nursing home for seven years. 

Sister Elena, in an interview with the Samoa Observer, said the 75kg load washing machine will be used for light-laundry loads as they already have another one with a bigger capacity. 

“It is cost effective and convenient for us to have the smaller one for lighter loads that is unnecessary for our big washing machine,” she added.

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