Australia donates $10,000 to Samoa Special Olympics team

Chairman of the Samoa Special Olympics Leta’a Dan Devoe, MWCSD Minister Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua and Australia’s High Commissioner Her Excellency Sue Langford with the $10,000 cheque

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA: FRIDAY 10 APRIL 2015: The Australian Government has again assisted the Samoa Special Olympics team in their preparation for the Special Olympics to be held in Australia in June this year.

Australian High Commissioner to Samoa Her Excellency Sue Langford presented a cheque of ST$10,000 to the Chairman of the Special Olympics Samoa Leta’a Dan Devoe in a brief ceremony today.

Speaking on behalf of the Government was the Minister for Women Community & Social Development (MWCSD) Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua.

“The Government will always be grateful to the Australian government for their support,” said the Minister.

Leta’a acknowledged the support and said the money would be used to fund the teams camping preparation before departing for Australia.

The special Olympics team have competed in other Olympic competition in Athens, Australia and USA, said Leta’a.

“They have brought back silver and bronze medal from these events, but we hope to bring back a gold medal from Australia,” said Leta’a.

Leta’a said should they bring back gold, it would be the first ever gold medal for Samoa from the Olympics, may it be a Paralympics, special Olympics or normal Olympics competition.

Her Excellency said Australia have always supported any development events for people with special needs.

The Samoa team for the Special Olympics is made up of 18 participants including the officials.

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