It was a day of enjoyment and recognition for S.S.A.B’s employee’s children when the owner Fiti Leung Wai decided to host a prizegiving for those who received school prizes last year.
Held at Moamoa, nine children of employees received cash prices as well as trophies for the first ever S.S.A.B. prizegiving.
“The strong belief of S.S.A.B. is education and we have helped so many children of Samoa by supporting the schools at prizegivings and with a lot of donations,” she told the Sunday Samoan.
“However, God put in my heart that it’s about time that I looked at my own employees’ children because they are the people who are working so hard for the betterment of this company.
“This is the first year that S.S.A.B. has had a prize giving and a fun day.
“It is also my way to thank my staff for all their hard work because at the end of the day, we all work for our families but our children are usually the ones that we want to be successful because they are the future of our country and our families.
“As parents, we spend more time at work than with them and so God has put this in my heart to thank my employees’ children and their parents for being loyal to me and this company.”
Mrs. Leung Wai said she is also encouraging the employees’ children to aim higher.
“We now have a library to encourage them and let them feel incentivised because of all the children receiving prizes this year,” she said.
“If they didn’t receive prices then hopefully this will encourage them to do well in school in 2017 for next year’s SSAB prize giving.
“This is another way to encourage my employees themselves to encourage their children to do well in school.”
“It’s usually the children that are sacrificed while the parents are at work.”
“God gave me the gift of giving and wanting people especially Samoan people, not only in our country, but all Samoans around the world, to grow and succeed in life,” she said. “So today is all about enjoyment and encouragement.”
“To me owning a business is not just to earn money,” she said. “But it is also to give back to the people, the community and especially to the employees because at the end of the day, the employees are the ones that are working very hard to get money for the business.
“I myself cannot go and lift all these boxes and serve all these customers by myself it is my employees who are doing the hard work.
Criteria for the prizegiving was that students who came 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their level were rewarded.
• Lupe Malele – Vaivase Pre-School - $100
• Aryana Malele – Ah Mu Academy - $150
• Rayana Folau – Vaitele Uta Primary School - $50
• Roy Westerlund – Ah Mu Academy - $100
• Zariah Warren – Manumalo Primary School - $50
• Chris Faafete – Palauli Primary School - $300&Trophy
• Kose Moto – Apia Primary School - $100
• Elrod Leung Wai – Marist Brothers School - $300&Trophy
• Etevise Faafete – Palauli College - $300&Trophy
• Joshua Leung Wai – RLSS - $300&Trophy
• Glorester Fuimaono – CCWS - $150