Half million collected by school

By Talaia Mika 21 June 2024, 1:00PM

The Avele College Old Pupils Association (A.C.O.P.A.) managed to collect $426,044.73 from all proceedings during the school's centennial celebration last week.

There were donations from former pupils of the school from various countries including New Zealand, Australia, the United States, American Samoa, Cook Islands, and from Samoa collected during and before to the celebration.

Held at the Sinaleavele new Fale Samoa which was the main development or project from this event, members of the A.C.O.P.A donated a total of $204,038.90 to the project manager to finish the construction of the Fale Samoa while the rest totaling up to $222,005.83 was used for the week-long celebration.

A.C.O.P.A president, Afamasaga Faleata Iosefa explained that the Fale Samoa was the main priority of this year's celebration highlighting that the project was for the school's future.

"There were two main priorities of the proceedings from the start and that is the Fale Samoa which the steering committee is working on to finish as well as the celebration of the 100th birthday of the school," he said.

"The initiative to raise this funding is to give back to the school and it is through this Fale Samoa which will be officially handed over to the school when it is completed."

It is believed that the last A.C.O.P.A celebration which was held about 10 years ago collected less than this year's proceedings which the association emphasized their gratitude on especially for the support from all those who have contributed to the school's celebration this year.

The project manager for the Fale Samoa, Leiataua Lino Leiataua Tagiilima explained that the project is near completion. He said it would take a little more time to complete the back extension to cater for occasions in the future for whoever wishes to rent the Fale then it will be done.

"The Fale Samoa itself is basically finished except for a few works to be done at the back especially the retaining walls to make sure the place is retained properly because the whole ground is a reclamation land so that's why we're building retaining walls at the back," he explained.

"There will also be restrooms and the extension for events to be held here whenever anyone wishes to rent the Fale for their birthdays or so forth."

By Talaia Mika 21 June 2024, 1:00PM
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