Samoa Primary lends a helping hand

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Every rain drop counts just like how every small donation could help change a situation. 

Samoa Cancer Society received a donation of more than $1,200 from Samoa Primary School on Friday.

The co-principals of Samoa Primary School; Susan Sua, Anne Leauga and Pa’ū Iakopo said the main aim of the Samoa Primary School students is save lives and to spread awareness on cancer.

Speaking with the Samoa Observer, Susan said they offered a helping hand because some of their students had experienced the loss of a loved one from cancer and they wanted people to be aware.

“We just want children to know, since they hear about their relatives and friends’ dying because of cancer, that it is nice of them to be able to help by giving something to people who have cancer,” she said.

Shelley Burich, Executive Officer of the Samoa Cancer Society, said there was a high case of leukaemia in Samoa and it was commonly found in children.

Susan said they wanted the children to be aware and be well informed. 

FIGHT AGAINST CANCER: Samoa Primary School donated to assist in their awareness programs and because their students have lost loved ones from cancer.
FIGHT AGAINST CANCER: Samoa Primary School donated to assist in their awareness programs and because their students have lost loved ones from cancer.
An initiative for better awareness.
An initiative for better awareness.

Since we are still in the season of Pinktober, they want the students to not only learn about cancer, but to also spread the message within their families.

“We would like our children to be aware. I think the thing to do is to detect cancer cells early. It’s a cancer awareness campaign. So the children can go home and talk about it to their families as well.” 

She also said climate change was inevitable, with the sun getting hotter, and there was a possibility of people getting skin cancer. 

According to Susan, children must also be aware of this and they should wear hats when they are out in the sun. 

Susan believes eating healthy and having lots of good exercise is also vital.

She says this awareness can save lives. 

All the students of Samoa Primary School wore pink yesterday to pay tribute to Pinktober and raise awareness in the hope of reducing the number of cancer cases in Samoa.

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