7 Mar 2016

American Samoa community get behind Winston relief

8:45 am on 7 March 2016

Samoa Tuna Processors have presented a donation for the Cyclone Winston Relief to the local community in American Samoa.

The company handed over 100 cases of light meat pouches, plus clothing, canned food, cases of Salmon, bottled water and hygiene products that staff collected for victims of the devastating cyclone.

The donation was accepted on behalf of the local Fijian community by Save Sevailagi who expressed his gratitude to the owners, management and staff of Samoa Tuna Processors.

The Fijian community plans to fill two containers with all that has been donated by individuals, churches, and businesses and organisations for the Help For Fiji drive .

As of last Saturday, the amount of monetary donations was $US13,000 but this amount was expected to rise when the relief drive closes.

The money will be sent to the Fiji Red Cross.

The Help 4 Fiji drive was initiated by a group of young business people who wanted to send immediate assistance to Fiji, and the local Fijian community has joined the effort.

One of the group,Tulaga Whitcombe, of Whitcombe Media, said the response from the territory had just been overwhelming and they intended to get the two containers to Fiji as soon as possible.

Kids at work in Mavana.

Cleaning up after Cyclone Winston Photo: RNZ / Alex Perrottet