PHOTO LEFT TO RIGHT: Pastor Fa’amanuia Aloali’i – Hosanna Logan City church, Faimalotoa John Pale – President of Voice of Samoan People Inc. Logan, Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services – Cameron Dick, Fonoti Koleta Galumalemana – Director of Miss Samoa Australia and Mick Mahoney – Queensland Ambulance Service Brisbane Senior Operations Supervisor.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA: FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2015: The people of Samoa will soon benefit from an ambulance donated by the Palaszczuk Government, Brisbane, Australia.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick today presented a Queensland Ambulance Service vehicle to the island nation at a gathering of local Samoans south of Brisbane.
The Minister attended a service at one of Queensland’s largest Samoan community churches, Hosanna Logan City, to join in a blessing of the ambulance before its transportation to the South Pacific.
“The Queensland Ambulance Service has a strong record of donating ambulances to charitable organisations to give to areas of need around the world,” he said.
“This ambulance is a vital resource for medical aid and transport that I’m sure will be of great value to the people of Samoa from the moment it arrives on their shores.
“Our state is home to more than 20,000 Samoan people – a number which continues to grow – and our government is proud to present a gesture of goodwill we hope will further strengthen ties with these valued members of our community.”
Samoan elder and Voice of Samoan People Inc. Logan president, Faimalotoa John Pale, said the ambulance was a crucial addition to Samoa’s emergency services fleet.
“Samoa is not a well-off country and the Samoan people need whatever help they can get, especially in terms of health care and appropriate transport for those in need of medical treatment,” he said.
“This gift is a tremendous gesture of friendship between two governments that will be greatly appreciated by the Samoan people at large.”
The donation comes off the back of the Minister’s announcement of a partnership between Queensland Health and the Samoan Ministry of Health earlier this year.
The partnership was designed to assist with reforming and improving the governance of the nation’s health program.
Mr Dick said he was committed to strengthening people-to-people ties between Samoa and Queensland.
“I am pleased to continue working with the wonderful people of Samoa through this donation and I look forward to continuing to contribute to Australia’s international development program,” he said.
The ambulance is due to arrive in Samoa on December 7.