PM Tuilaepa goes bald for cancer awareness
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi gave a lead to Prime Ministers and Heads of Government around the world, by shaving his hair off for cancer awareness and support for the fight against cancer, according to a press release sent by Savali.
Witnesses in Samoa told Samoa News that cabinet members, business community, Tautua Samoa Party were present when the PM had his head shaved bald. The Cancer society made about WST $70,500 for the Shave it or Save it fundraiser for the cancer,
He made the unprecedented offer at the Samoa Cancer Society’s BlueSky Shave It or Save It fundraiser on Oct. 13 at the Y-Not Bar, when 26 men and two women sacrificed their crowning glory in the interests of reducing the spread of the cancer scourge in Samoa. Those volunteers included Samoa Cancer Society President, Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke and Vice President, Leituala Dr. Ben Matalavea.
Leiataualesa said in the press release that “the Prime Minister has been a consistent and strong supporter of the Cancer Society’s work. Where we have asked for his support, he has always given it and for which we have been deeply grateful.
“This unexpected offer is therefore a tremendous statement of his personal commitment to the fight against cancer and reflects the support he has so consistently shown over the years.
“The amazing support from all of our sponsors has already gone far beyond our expectations. Their generous donations will provide the Cancer Society with a strong base to assure its longer term viability.”
He explained, “Our Society will use these funds with great care, to expand our education program for community members about understanding the risks and symptoms of cancer, so that they can make lifestyle changes and act fast if early indications appear.
The funds will also help us to support and guide cancer patients and their families from our Cancer Resource Centre at Moto’otua beside the new hospital.”
The Centre offers resources for health professionals and the general public.