Body Shop Samoa Donates to Samoa Cancer Society


Body Shop has donated $8,000 tala towards the Samoa Cancer Society’s work in supporting cancer patients and raising early detection of cancer in Samoa.

General Manager of Body Shop Samoa, Rosie Preuss Ah Chong, is driven to help and support the work of the Samoa Cancer Society (SCS) in loving memory of her late mother who died of cancer when Rosie was just 18 years old.

“My mother Filimalo Tupou  passed away from cancer when I was in my first year of University so the work we do with SCS is very special to me;

“It was heartbreaking and a very emotional time for me, and also why I am determined to donate,” said Rosie.

If you shopped at Body Shop during their all-time low 50% sale on Tuesday this week, then you, too, helped Samoa Cancer Society through your purchase.

Rosie celebrated her birthday by hosting a sale of 50% off all clothing items, with 10% off other merchandise. Sale proceeds along with monetary birthday gifts she had received from family and friends, were all donated to the Samoa Cancer Society.

Ms Ah Chong acknowledged the important role SCS plays in Samoa and is proud of the organisation’s motivation to fight for cancer.

The CEO of SCS Su’a John Ryan accepted the donation on behalf of the Society and said the funds would go a long way to support their outreach work to cancer patients in Samoa.

He thanked Rosie and her husband Cyrus as well as Rosie’s friends for the love and support shown towards the Society.

“I’m thankful to Rosie and her friends. To have a giving heart on her birthday, and for choosing to bless the work of Samoa Cancer Society instead of keeping it,” said Su’a, that means a lot to us”.

(L-R) : Cyrus Ah Chong, Rosie Preuss Ah Chong, Su’a John Ryan.

“It’s been busy at SCS, we are seeing an increase in numbers of cancer patients diagnosed  in Samoa with ages ranging from kids under 2 years old, to the elderly over 80 years old,” said Su’a.

“We encourage everyone to be aware of your health and keep and eye on things when you come across an unusual lump or discoloration of skin, then please see a doctor as soon as possible,” he added.

“We are so thankful that we have people like Rosie in our community to help us by providing financial assistance…on behalf of the SCS and especially the patients we serve, faafetai tele lava to the Body Shop team, and all your valued clients for this kind donation,” says the CEO of SCS.

Samoa Cancer Society had been able to launch and push forward its Vave Campaign over the last  12 months with $200,000 from the Civil Society Support Program (CSSP).

“The Vave Campaign is about ‘Vave iloa’, ‘Vave vaai se foma’i’, and ‘Vave vili mai i le Cancer Society,” added Su’a.

The Body Shop was first established in 1995 and has been in operation for 26 years now. Rosie and her husband Cyrus took over the clothing store in 2013 after her mother in-law Viona Curry decided to retire. Their quality products are from the United States.

Jaleen Tupai