Samoa Cancer Society Receives Help from SSAB Apia Samoa and GIAS

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20 November 2020, Apia Samoa. Samoa Cancer Society’s unwavering commitment to looking after cancer patients and bringing about much-needed awareness on the prevention of cancer has again inspired SSAB APIA SAMOA and its valued partner GIAS from American Samoa to donate $5,000 tala to the cause.

A presentation to the Chief Executive officer of Samoa Cancer Society, Su’a John Ryan  was held earlier this week at the SAAB headquarters at Togafuafua. 

Su’a acknowledged SSAB APIA SAMOA and GIAS for the monetary donation.

“This donation will help substantially with implementing the society’s projects especially with taking care of cancer patients and building more awareness. It’s very important that we have more awareness and more preventative measures in place so our people are aware”. 

SSAB APIA SAMOA and GIAS donated a share of $2,500 tala each to help the Samoa Cancer Society. 

The CEO of SSAB, Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai explained that SSAB’s share of $2,500 tala was raised from its in-store pink promotions months prior, and during the nation-wide Pinktober campaign.
This includes the selling of pink seis for $3, $4 and $5, with the proceeds going  to Samoa Cancer Society.

SSAB also sold pink products available in store with 10 percent of total sales going towards SCS.

In addition, SSAB ran its promotion on its newly-introduced clothing line; the SSAB Pasefika Style and $5 tala from every single purchase is set aside to support the crucial work of the work of the Samoa Cancer Society. 

“God’s heart is to love and SSAB strives to deliver that for our community and our people,” said SSAB CEO Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai.

“I want to thank SSAB’s valued customers and the people of Samoa that came in to our stores and bought pink seis, pink products and SSAB Pasefika Style clothing line from SSAB”. 

Tofilau also acknowledged and thanked SSAB’s valued customers for entrusting their donations to cancer through the megastore and its products.

“This is our collective-donation for Samoa Cancer Society”. 

The Managing Director of GIAS, Maiava Jody shared her story as the eldest and dedicated daughter of a Strong Survivor of cancer who is her dearest Mother, Fuimaono Ata Toleafoa. 

“Exactly 10 years ago my beautiful Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2010. Six weeks later she underwent major surgery with the removal of her right breast in hopes to eliminate the tumor. However, the cancer had already advanced and my Mother fought through months of grueling chemotherapy treatments to remove all cancerous cells,” shared Maiava. 

“It is our hope that perhaps in some way this donation will be able to help fellow sisters and brothers in Samoa continuing the fight, as survivors of cancer”.

During the Pinktober Campaign last month, SSAB in partnership with SCS hosted a Mother and Daughter Lunch. An event where motherly-CEOs for government ministries and corporations, motherly-CEO owners of private businesses and their daughters were invited to network and discuss preventative measures against cancer.

Mothers and daughters had the opportunity to hear first-hand emotional stories and undreamt of experiences from strong mothers who are survivors of cancer and relatives of loved ones who have lost their battles to this deadly disease.

It was an opportunity for mothers and daughters to be educated on how to identify symptoms of cancer and learnt the importance of seeing a doctor for possible early detection of cancer. 

SSAB promised that their assistance and work in promoting awareness on cancer prevention and donating to the society is an annual project. 
Tofilau informed the society that SSAB will start to resell pink seis straightaway (following this donation). SSAB will buy pink seis from its local partners and resell them to its customers that go to any SSAB store.

Tofilau also confirmed that her procurement team have already liaised with SSAB’s suppliers to source a variety of pink products that can be sold at the store early next year and again, 10 percent from total sales will be donated to the society. 

“Together with our SSAB Family we are united in heart to help the Samoa Cancer Society and their mission to raise awareness and battle breast cancer” said Maiava.

 “The aim now is to really fundraise a lot for the society. Listening to the stories from the society about the need of funds and resources have really, really pushed me and SSAB to do more to help” Tofilau said. 

SSAB worked alongside Samoa Cancer Society for the past four years and it’s a partnership that is appreciated by the society because of the support needed from the business community.
“This isn’t the first time SSAB and Tofilau have helped Samoa Cancer Society and I am grateful that they still continue to help” said Su’a.