Always a humbling and uplifting feeling when we are at Mapuifagalele Home of the Age for our Project Cinderella since our launch in May this year!
It has been 6 months! Every 3rd Saturday was devoted to donating our time and efforts and energy to providing our services for the Home! We have come to feel connected with everyone there, we walk in feeling like home and whenever we are done, its always a feeling beyond words to know you have done some good to humanity! We will miss the Home and especially its Residents and the Nuns! BUT, we will definitely be back again! SOON!
Our Finale for our 2018 Project Cinderella and our first collaboration with Samoa Faafafine Association, Samoa National Youth Council, Anoamaa Queens Association, our dear friends at Samoa Events Incorporated, Miss Samoa 2018, Miss Sonia Piva & our dear family at Mapuifagalele Home of the Age! ... See MoreSee Less
Last night the High Commissioner welcomed participants attending the Pacific Women's Sports Leadership Program 2018 #PWSLP.
The program is proudly supported by the Australian Government and is the brain-child of Jane Livesey, cricket.com.au🏏 and Liv Philpott.
In its second year, the program is a professional development training body for women in sport from across the Pacific and aims to build skills and capacity of women in sports leadership positions🏆
These inspiring women have travelled from Tonga🇹🇴 Vanuatu🇻🇺 Fiji🇫🇯 Solomon Islands🇸🇧Papua New Guinea🇵🇬and New Zealand🇳🇿 to participate in the program.
Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australian Cricket Institute NRL in Samoa - League for Life NRL in Fiji Fiji Swimming Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Badminton Oceania #BOCbadminton Samoa Badminton Federation Samoa Rugby Union Samoa international cricket association Samoa Outrigger Canoe Association - Alo Vaa - SOCA UNWOMEN Netball Australia #Unclockthebrilliance #Sportsdiplomacy
Samoa Cancer Society launches Pinktober 28th September, 2018
ACTING PRIME MINISTER TUTAMA DR. LEAO TALALELEI TUITAMA LAUNCHING SPEECH:
Acknowledgements: Pastor Ruby Misa Sabbath, distinquished guest, cancer survivors, ladies and gentleman
Theme: Pinktober – ‘Together we can make a difference’/ ‘Ia tasi I suiga manuia’
Details: Pinktober is the official breast cancer awareness month for the Samoa Cancer Society. It is the month that Samoa is painted PINK literally, from the Town Clock, to our people turning up to work, play or leisure in PINK glory. It is a symbol of support and working together, as is the theme of PINKTOBER 2018 – ‘Together we can make a difference’/ ‘Ia tasi I suiga manuia’.
For the Samoa Cancer Society who has been working tirelessly together with our community in the past 20 years since its establishment, this month is a highlight of its calendar year of awareness campaigns, to promote and reinforce to our women, the importance of early detection, recognising the signs and symptoms, seeking medical advice and learning to do breast self-examinations.
Objectives: After cardiovascular disease, cancer is the second highest killer of our people, with breast cancer being the most aggressive for Samoan women. It is our objective to help decrease the prevalence and incidence of breast cancer in Samoa, by contributing to and supporting the Ministry’s Health Sector Plan and the governments’ Strategy for the Development of Samoa.
As Patron of the Samoa Cancer Society, I am pleased to report that the work of the Society continues to provide vital information and statistics to the Health Sector that contributes to national policy planning and implementation. The Samoa Cancer Society is an important stakeholder and advocator to all consultations on cancer, tobacco control and NCD’s for Samoa, and for which I am proud to be associated with.
It is important to note at this stage the presence of the President of the Samoa Cancer Society, Lauaki Jason Annandale in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he is leading Samoa’s delegation at the World Cancer Congress. While there, they will inspire the participants with the success of the Vave Campaign that was launched in Samoa last year. The Vave Campaign was a 12-month national social marketing campaign focussed on early detection and quick action. To maximise its reach, the campaign adopted a multi-pronged approach with three main delivery components: mass and social media coverage; printed resources and community education. All components included the campaign messages: Early Detection; Quickly See a Doctor; and Quickly Ring Samoa Cancer Society (SCS). On the other side of the world in Geneva, the Chief Executive Officer Shelley Burich is attending another important world meeting called the 8th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The meeting will focus on topics such as the shaping of a medium-term strategic framework, which will determine the actions to be taken by the Parties over the next five years, and the advances and challenges revealed in the Global Progress Report on Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In nearby Australia, Samoa is also represented at another meeting with the focus on cervical cancer screening programs that can be applied to our health sector with my colleague, Associate Minister of Health, Salausa Dr John Ah Ching in attendance. We want a cancer free Samoa and whilst realistically, this may take a few years to achieve, the Cancer Society in the meantime, will continue to provide practical support that includes giving access to quality of life, access to mobility equipment, nutritional advice, emotional support and home visits for patients and families that are living with cancer.
We play a big part in making things happen...the facilitation of helping with travel and support plans for overseas treatment, creating a platform with potential community donors and sponsors who are able to help out financially, and advocating to our health services for cancer medication and some ongoing treatment needs, to be administered here at home. This is what we do to help alleviate the financial and emotional burden for cancer patients.
As individuals, the Health Ministry, the Samoa Cancer Society and affiliated organisations, families and individuals affected, cannot do it alone. We need to come ‘together to make a difference’ whether big or small in the lives of the women in our community. We are seeing the difference daily. We thank you. Let’s make it better with further support for PINKTOBER 2018, which I now declare officially OPEN.
It’s been a busy week for your Miss Samoa, Sonia Piva, welcoming the delegates from around the Pacific for the SPTO Council of Ministers and Board of Directors Meetings held here in Samoa. Tonight she performed taualuga at the welcoming function at the Samoa Tourism Cultural Fale.