01 August 2019, Pago Pago, American Samoa. — The Manu Samoa fundraising radiothon held in American Samoa last Thursday collected just over $150,000 USD as has been widely reported to date.
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga submitted the complete financial report of the fundraiser to Prime Minister and Chair of the Samoa Rugby Union Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi earlier this week.
The financial report provides a complete list of all those who donated, highlighting the largest single donor as Senator Tuaolo Manaia and Mrs Fiapaipai Fruean with $10,000 + $1,850 from one of their businesses.
The donation by Tuaolo and his wife was presented to Tuilaepa at the Suigaula o le Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei before it was handed back to be receipted and included in the overall count.
When the fundraising count ended on Thursday evening, the official count at the Fale Samoa headquarters was $148,150. Tuaolo and Fiapaipai heard this over the radio and called in to say their business, Nana’s Inc. would donate a further $1,850 to top-up the total to USD$150,000.
The next highest donation of USD$6,000 came from P.J. Wulf Engineering who also came to the Fale Samoa headquarters to make their donation.
The Silva Group American Samoa donated USD$2,000 and while donations of USD$1,000 came from Forsgren’s, Fofo I.F. Sunia’s family, R. J. Machenzie & Co, Paramount Builders, Titanic Corp and Fa’asavau P. Betham. Lutuiloa Vaiula Sialaoa of Aeto Insurance and Finance also visited the headquarters that day with a donation of USD$500.
The staff of Starkist made several donations through various divisions and shifts which totalled USD$2,272 as recorded and noted in the comprehensive report.
The report lists USD$1,005 from “Aufaigaluega StarKist”, and USD$790 from the “StarKist Workers Nightshift”, $324 from “StarKist Workers” and a $153 from StarKist- Logistics Department making the total tally of donations from StarKist $2,272.
“It is my fervent hope that your aspirations and expectations relative to your anticipated financial outcome for this endeavor have been realized,” Lolo wrote.
“I am proud that we have been able to collaborate on an activity that will continue to enhance the image for all of us of Samoan ancestry.”
Miss American Samoa Magalita Johnson and former Miss American Samoa Antonina Lilomaiava were at the fundraising headquarters by 6am on the day of the event to help with the telephone lines while the team at the Department of Treasury recorded and collated the donations received.