A White Sunday to remember

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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Malaeliua Manesesa of Malie-uta with BBE staff.

Malaeliua Manesesa of Malie-uta with BBE staff. (Photo: Deidre Fanene)

White Sunday 2018 will definitely be one to remember for four special families.

The families Moevani Togi of Toamua Uta, Muga Aukuso of Savaia, Lefaga, Malaeliua Manesesa of Malie Uta and Filemu Ta’uneia of Falemauga were the recipients of cash and food hampers sponsored by the Betham Brothers Enterprises in partnership with Trans Pacific Travel, Budget Rentals and Tanoa Samoa. 

The plight of these families and their daily struggles were featured in the Village Voice section of Samoa Observer over the last 10 months. This is the third year for Betham Brothers Enterprises to offer to assist these families and this time their benevolence coincided with White Sunday. 

Each family received $400 worth of food and $600 in cash. The first four families were featured in last Friday’s edition. 

Moevani Togia of Toamua Uta was in shocked when Village Voice as well as Betham Brothers and their partners drove up to their house last week Tuesday.

“I couldn’t believe it. You have made this white Sunday a one to remember because of all that you have given us.

“So we want to thank you very much for the great gifts,” she said. 

Muga Aukuso also echoed the Togia family’s acknowledgement.

“As you can see I cannot do anything else because my pinkie toe has just been amputated because I am diabetic.

“I have my son who looks after me when everyone is gone, but it is still difficult and I feel like I am a huge burden in my family, especially my family.

“But I want to thank you all for these great gifts and especially the money this will go a long way because there are not that many people in my family,” she added. 

Malaeliua Manesesa of Malie Uta shed tears of joy when good Samaritans went around to her home. 

“May the good Lord bless you and the work that you do every day. I don’t have the right words to explain how I feel right now but thank you so much for these great gifts

Filemu Ta’uneia of Falemauga was also a happy mother.

“It is true that there are people out there who do care. This white Sunday will definitely one to remember by my daughter because I was just thinking of how I was going to get a dress.

“Life here is so hard and especially we live so far away from town and we don’t have car so it is really difficult. I am very grateful so thank you very much,” she said. 

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