By Alan Ah Mu
APIA: MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2013: Soon after Cyclone Evan struck in December last year a relief fund was started by BlueSky Communications in American Samoa.
The response was immediate.
Individuals and business community in American Samoa donated to the Cyclone Evan Relief Fund a total $US11 236.99 (SAT25,311.747).
It allowed BlueSky to buy what it called “immediate basic needs such as water and food items especially temporary shelters such as tarpaulins for the cyclone victims.”
The shipment of such relief items were presented to Disaster Management Office (DMO) last December shortly after the cyclone.
“The Relief Fund was still receiving donations up until January 31st when it was officially closed,” says BlueSky.
The company had promised to match dollar for dollar the amount donated up to $10 000.
This morning chief operating officer Toleafoa Douglas Creevey handed over to DMO $US21 236, which represented the amount spent for the relief items donated last December – and what was raised up to January 31st.
In receiving the donation on behalf of Government, Assistant chief executive officer of DMO, Filomena Nelson, expressed gratitude to the people of American Samoa and BlueSky.
With Nelson was Elita To’oala, Assistant chief executive officer, Ministry of Finance.
To’oala said probably half of the donation presented today remains from the initial purchases of relief items in December.
Once the amount left has been worked out it will be lodged in a fund created specifically to deposit funds donated for relief efforts, she said.