Mother’s worry turns into joy

By Adel Fruean ,

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A mother of nine, Fofoa Salesio from Saleimoa thanks Island Rock for gifts.

A mother of nine, Fofoa Salesio from Saleimoa thanks Island Rock for gifts. (Photo: Aufa'i Areta Areta)

Fofoa Salesio of Saleimoa was worried recently when she saw four vehicles including a truck drive into her backyard.

“I was shocked at first, I thought maybe something had happened that we were not aware of,” she told the Samoa Observer in an interview.

But her worries soon turned into joy, when it dawned on her that she and her family were chosen, to receive Christmas food hampers from Island Rock.

“I am simply speechless because words are not enough to express how thankful I am, for the assistance from Island Rock.

“Our family depends on our plantation for daily survival, as no one is employed, but with these (food) supplies it will help our family. 

“I am happy because my children will have a decent meal, and also I have nine kids, so many mouths to feed,” she added.

The food hamper giveaway is part of Island Rock’s 25 days of the Spirit of Christmas Campaign. They were selected after their story on the difficulties they were facing at home, was published this year in the Village Voice column of the Samoa Observer.

The hamper has a box of chicken, tinned fish, noodles, box of crackers, sacks of rice along with toys for the children.

Fofoa, 21, said she remembers her interview with the Samoa Observer.

“But it turned out to be the programme that I was featured as one of Village Voice families for the Samoa Observer.

“The help we needed was assistance with our living conditions but not every day you are blessed with a Good Samaritan like Island Rock,” she added.  

A representative from Island Rock, Maiava Iosia, said that their campaign is focused on giving back to the community.

“Christmas is season of giving and we have selected families and organisations that deserve to celebrate just like everyone the joy of Christmas.

“We acknowledge the assistance and work done by Samoa Observer in locating families that need help.

“Every family featured has different needs and concerns but we have chosen food supplies and children’s toys to bring happiness to selected families,” he added. 

The campaign runs for 25 days and will also feature a variety of programmes and activities.

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