FLO Working Towards a Suicide Free Samoa

 

APIA, SAMOA: TUESDAY 03 MAY 2016: The Fa’ataua Le Ola (FLO)/Samoa Lifeline, conducted its’ first Suicide Awareness & Prevention Outreach programme for 2016 last Sunday 01 May at the EFKS Hall, Lalomanu, Aleipata.

The programme was hosted by Rev. Etisone Gafa, the Youth and Congregation of the EFKS Church, Lalomanu and focused on the theme: “Life is Beautiful – Seki a le Olaga”.

The Master of Ceremonies was Rev. Fr. Peniamina Tapelu – FLO Board member and spiritual advisor.

Around 300 participants from the youth groups, parents and supporters from EFKS, Catholic, Methodist and LDS congregations attended the programme and also included pre-schoolers, young children, parents, faifeaus and representatives from different religious denominations, FLO board members, management and staff.

PROGRAM:
After the opening prayer by Rev. Vaitu’u Palale of the EFKS, Satitoa. FLO’s Director, Papalii Tiumalu Caroline Paul-Ah Chong gave an overview of the Essence of FLO’s work. Then FLO’s Clinical Counsellor/psychologist, Pei Tauiliili presented the first of FLO’s 3 objectives. That is “A Healthy Mind”.

A Special guest on the programme was gospel singer Annie Grace (NZ) who shared her personal testimony and sang: “I Choose You” & “Loimata o le Fiafia”, accompanied by her charismatic dancers and performers.

The 2nd Objective Component “A Healthy Body” was presented by Alexandria Ah Chong-Nicholas, the Pacific Island Community Manager for Harbour Sport NZ, an organization which incorporates health, nutrition and sports into their Pacific Island Support Programme.  Message – The importance of caring for your body through a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

The 3rd Objective Component “A Healthy Spirit” was presented by Rev Falefatu Enari, FLO’s board member and spiritual advisor. The basic message was that human beings need spiritual food for the soul, just as much as they need nourishing food for the body.

All presentations were followed by question and answer time.

FLO executive with

FLO Executive members with Annie Grace and husband, Reggie Barton of Groundswell, Australia at Lalomanu, Aleipata

 

Reggie Barton of Groundswell from Australia presented a monetary gift of $4,000 talā to Fa’ataua Le Ola which was received by FLO’s Chairman, Hans Joachim Keil. Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale, FLO’s board member and Chairman of Fundraising, explained that Reggie and his team Groundswell Australia are a group of surfers and qualified builders who came to Samoa after the Tsunami of September 2009 and helped rebuild the Sina Lei Reef Resort.  Every year since then they fundraise for Samoa in Sydney, Australia, and donate the funds to a worthy cause of their choice here in Samoa.  This is the second time Groundswell has presented a monetary donation to Fa’ataua le Ola.

Hans Joachim Keil, thanked Reggie and Groundswell Australia, for their kind donation and support of FLO’s work, and also thanked Rev Etisone Gafa for hosting Fa’ataua Le Ola’s  first suicide awareness and prevention workshop for 2016. Mr Keil also acknowledged the presence of the youth and parents of Aleipata District and hoped that the outreach and its message of LIFE had touched many lives.

ABOUT FA’ATAUA LE OLA’s WORK
FLO’s Message for 2016: “Fa’ataua Le Ola / Value Life” – is one of hope for a bright, successful and beautiful future and is streamlined to provide ways for every man, woman and child in need of help to move forward in one’s life. Life is a gift from God, therefore every human being must treasure that life and take care and have respect for the human body because it is the Temple of God’s Holy Spirit.

FLO’s Objective Components:  

  1. “A Healthy Mind (Mafaufau)
  2. “A Healthy Body” (Tino)
  3. “A Healthy Spirit” (Agaga)

These objectives are to promote healthy behavioural skills so that every human being can successfully achieve their goals in life. To help the youth of today attain, develop and sustain, these goals and in so doing realize their purpose in life .To reduce violence in the home and amongst youth groups in schools and in villages. To reduce sexual violence and exploitation of young people. To educate people in discernment of suicidal tendencies in others and to teach them basic counselling skills to be able to help someone in an emergency. To Identify major areas where the youth of today most need help. To promote Samoa Lifeline’s 24/7 telephone and face to face counselling services.

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