Masiofo Faamausili Leinafo Tuimalealiifano earlier this week presented a cheque of $100,000 tala to St Mary’s College on behalf of St Mary’s Old Girls Association (SMOGA).
Masiofo Faamausili presented the cheque on behalf of the alumni association of former students who have actively participated in various activities in celebration of the school’s 65th anniversary.
The Head of State’s good lady is a proud SMOGA, having attended the college in the 1960s.
SMOGA’s President Afamasaga Vernier Punivalu-Galuvao said the donation has been made possible through the hard work and commitment of the old girl’s network, who tirelessly fundraised over the past year.
“This is an accumulation of all the different fundraisers we’ve had since our 65th anniversary til now,” said the President.
Receiving the generous gift, St Mary’s College Principal, Ms Sina Fitu acknowledged the Old Girls’ donation and continued support towards the college.
Ms Fitu said the funds will go towards the school’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
“It will be used to build two more classrooms for the college,” she said.
The Principal especially acknowledged the presence of Masiofo Faamausili to present the donation to the college
SMOGA is a not-for-profit incorporated society with more than 400 active members who not only raise funds to support the schooll they attended, but also donate to various charties and community groups in Samoa.
“We all come together to find ways to offer our support to the college we are very proud to have attended,” said President Vernier Punivalu-Galuvao.
“This donation include proceeds of our 65th anniversary activities, but we also offer help and support to the college other ways.”
Last year SMOGA completed a project where the school netball and tennis courts were completely refurbished.
Also in celebration of 65 years since the establishment of St Mary’s College, SMOGA had allocated former students into 10 teams, to each conduct a community service activity, in line with the spirit of service and selflessness at the heart of the SMSM Sisters (Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary) who established the school in 1956.
Team 5. Sr Mary De Paul – the Green team had focused on the school compound at Vaimoso where SMOGA ladies waterblasted and painted the St Mary’s College administration block.
SMOGA are also in their second year of their Saints Super 4 Netball Competition run by the St Marys Sports Club (SMSC).