As part of the Manu Samoa team’s preparation to take on the German rugby team this Saturday, 30th June 2018 at the Apai Park, the boys in blue, the coaching and management team visited the children survivors of violence and sexual abuse under the care of Samoa Victim Support Group at the Campus of Hope.
The visit was part of the Manu Samoa’s ‘giving back’ initiative for the work of SVSG. According to the Manu Samoa Manager Vaaelua Aloi Alesana, “we train across the road from the Campus at the High Permance Unit (HPU), we have played in various parts of the world, seeing millions of people, yet we have never visited the Campus to show our support.”
The children were excited to see their national heroes in person. They were touched by the sincerity of the Manu Samoa’s encouragement that “they are loved and that despite their past, there is always hope.” And to show their appreciation, the children treated the Manu Samoa team to their own rendition of the Siva Tau, much to the excitement of their heroes.
To the children’s delight, the boys in blue performed the Siva Tau just for them, before the game on Saturday. It was the team’s way of challenging the children to rise up and take control of their lives for a better future.
Rugby balls and close to $1,500 cash collected from the Manu Samoa’s Siva Tau and personal donations, were presented to the SVSG Financial Controller, Tafatoa Sam Fruean to assist with the children’s rehabilitation programs. “Thank you for making this once in a lifetime opportunity for our children a reality. Your visit reminded the children that you care.”
So come Saturday, the boys in blue can count on the children survivors of violence and sexual abuse, to cheer them on from the safety of the Campus of Hope. “Go the Manu.”
President of SVSG Samoa