To raise funds for families directly affected with the loss of immediate family members, as a result of the measles outbreak in Samoa.
Our hearts are heavy and hurting at this time for our people in Samoa. We have decided to start a page where those like hearted brothers and sisters can join us in bringing the power of our collective love and alofa to those families most impacted. Please join us in donating money that will go straight to the immediate families who have suffered loss of a loved one as a result of this terrible measles outbeak. Our promise and pledge is that every cent of every dollar gifted (excl. the Givealittle service fee) will be given directly to each of these families who have lost a loved one, as we know, tragically some have lost 2 or 3 members of the same immediate family. Sir Michael will co coordinate and oversee the safe and secure delivery of each "gift of love" to the respective families with the help of a credible and trustworthy team, assisted by highly regarded Samoa based medical personnel, and we are hoping by the holiday period these families will have received their fair allocated share of the total funds we collect as a result of all our combined love and support.
We have donated NZD $30,000 to start things off. We will leave the page open for approximately 10 days for anyone who wishes to donate & show their alofa for our precious families most impacted by this terrible crisis ❤
Fa'afetai tele lava. Alofa atu Sonny Bill Williams, Jerome Kaino, Ardie Savea, Patrick Tuipulotu, Michael Jones, Ofa Tu'ungafasi , and Quade Cooper
All monetary donations raised will be distributed directly to effected families who have lost loved ones as a result of the measles epidemic
Alofa mo Samoa update 23 December 2019
Dear supporters and donors to the Alofa mo Samoa Givealittle page,
Fa’afetai tele lava, and a huge thank you on behalf of the Alofa mo Samoa fundraising team, Sonny Bill, Ardie, Ofa, Patrick, Quade, Jerome and myself, including our volunteer team, for your alofa and love for the immediate families who suffered loss of a loved one as a result of the measles outbreak in Samoa.
The total amount raised from the Alofa mo Samoa Givealittle page, after the service fee, was $ 100,325.93 NZD.
Last week a small group of volunteers including myself, travelled to Apia(at no cost to the Alofa mo Samoa fund) to link with local volunteers, to organise and oversee the distribution of funds to each affected family
The funds were distributed evenly per fatality, based on the numbers of recorded deaths, which currently stands at 77.
We have successfully met and presented the mea’alofa(gift) to 51 families. The remaining families, who have been harder to contact due to lack of access to phones or mobile services, will be located and visited by our team or through Village representatives and will be able to access their mea’alofa(gift) through the same process as the others. We are confident they will receive their gift in time for Christmas.
It has been a truly humbling experience to personally meet each of these families, and share in their grief, and to pass on the collective love that was given by so many.
Each family expressed their immense gratitude for this timely gift, to financially assist them through this very difficult and sad time.
Again, we thank you all for your amazing generosity and compassion for our beloved families in Samoa.
I, and our outstanding team of volunteers, were privileged to represent each and every one of you, as we transferred your love to them.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and may you blessed as you have blessed so many.
Michael Jones on behalf of the Alofa mo Samoa fundraising team,