3 Jan 2024 Apia Samoa. The Never Give Up Car Crew visited the Mapuifagalele Home for the elderly on Tuesday 2nd January with gifts and a monetary donation of ST$1000 tala.
President of the non-for-profit club, Tolomanila Brian Roebeck said the cash donation and gifts of food were from their group’s fundraising activities throughout the year.
“We held a fundraising dance at Club 75 and the proceeds from that helped us to put together these gifts for Mapuifagalele.”
The President’s brother, Afioga Tagaloa Vaelua Rudy Roebeck spoke on behalf of the Never Give Up Club to deliever their donation.
“We have come with these gifts for you to mark the beginning of a new year 2024,” said Tagaloa.
Tolomanila and Tagaloa’s 73 year old mom is a resident of Mapuifagalele.
“Our mother loves it here. We tried to bring her home for Christmas but she said, no, all her friends are here.”
A spokesperson for Mapuifagalele, one of the residents thanked the group for visiting them during their holiday.
“It’s lovely to see you all. It is like seeing our own children,” he said.
“E lagona le fiafia i le vaai atu ua tou omai e asiasi mai..
“Ua pei lava ua matou vaai atu ia matou fanau, ae seasea maua foi latou avanoa e asiasi mai ai..”
More than 30 members of the club visited with their donation and foodstuffs of bags of rice, saimin noodles, cartons of milk, fruits and vegetables and essentials such as soap and toiletries.
Several of the club members had never visited Mapuifagalele before. They could not hold back tears at the experience of seeing the elderly, like their own grandparents.
“I was really blessed to see the elderly and spend time with them..” said Maggie Su’a.
“One of them held my hand and said thank you for visiting. He said he has not seen his children for a long time.”
“It really touched my heart to hear him say that,’ said Maggie.
The Never Give Up Car Crew is a newly formed car crew but say their membership is open to anyone even if you don’t own a car.
Mr Roebeck said they will continue to fundraise and support the work of the Sisters of Mapuifagalele.
“We will be looking to donate again around Easter time,” he concluded.