The SVSG Auckland international sub-group of Samoa Victim Support Group shared their love for the people of Samoa, as they came together for the Dinner of Hope fundraiser in Auckland over the weekend.
The annual fundraiser is SVSG Auckland’s contribution towards SVSG’s work for the children survivor of abuse cared for shelter facilities at the Campus of Hope. It is the sub-group’s annual donation for the work of SVSG in Samoa and for three years in a row, the support from the Auckland community has been tremendous.
The credit goes to SVSG Auckland Director Pesetā Levā Aati-Schuster and Team who once again hosted a successful family night, gathering the huge Samoan community residing in Auckland, as well as SVSG’s supporting partners and friends. Included in the volunteers were teachers and students from the Marist College who served the guests throughout the night.
H.E Faolotoi Reupena Pogi, the Samoa Counsel General to New Zealand gave the keynote address for the evening, speaking on the domestic violence in Samoa, specifically, the nofotane women, who are usually the silent survivors in the homes. His message was clear, ‘Stop the Violence’, and he acknowledged the perseverance of SVSG, that no matter what, continues to remain focus on its work.
SVSG President attended the fundraising on behalf of the Chairperson and the Board. . In attendance also to support the event were Pastor Jeremy & Shelly Faumuinā of the SVSG Christchurch as well as Su’a William Sio, the Member of Parliament for Mangere, who also spoke about family violence and the need for our community to come together to protect the survivors – the women and the children.
ST30,000 was announced during the night, as proceeds from the fundraising Dinner of Hope.
“Thank you so much Pesetā and the Team for coming together, sharing your love for our people in need through supporting the work of SVSG in Samoa.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President
President of SVSG Samoa