13 February 2019, Apia Samoa. A police officer working on the streets of Melbourne, Australia for emergency responses, Jo Mikarna donated a container fof boots and pants for Samoan farmers and their children.
Ms. Mikarna told the gathering at Nuu yesterday that her goal was 1,000 boots however after a year she received overwhelming support and was able to source much more.
“I’m here today to donate 4000 pairs of boots and 500 pairs of pants for the farmers and the vulnerable children of the farmers,” she said.
“These have been collected by police officers over the past 12 months.”
Ms. Mikarna added she travels to Samoa often and it was during those visits that she was able to see the need to help in whatever way she could.
“I believe that these boots will assist in offering protection through the tough working conditions here,” she said.
Ms. Mikarna says she would like to continue giving and is looking at the Samoa emergency services for 2020.
“My goal for 2020 is to continue this, and help the emergency services of Samoa, the police, ambulance and perhaps security if we can squeeze them in,” she says.
“I hope we can continue this as an ongoing project between our two countries, to share our boots as well as other resources.
“This is the first time we have done this so there is an opportunity to grow.”
Prime Minister Tuilaepa on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Government acknowledges the support by Ms. Mikarna.