ASRU fundraiser nets just over $50K
The American Samoa Rugby Union has raised just over $50,000 during last Friday’s fund raising event, to help prepare and send the national rugby team, Talavalu, to the Hong Kong Sevens International tournament next month.
The main fund raising activity was a radiothon, from which the rugby union collect a little over $20,000 in public pledges with the radiothon running for 12 hours with live coverage by state run television.
Other contributions presented last Friday were $10,000 from small businesses in the territory and $20,000 from Bluesky Communications, the team’s main corporate sponsor.
Rugby Union chairman and former governor, Togiola Tulafono thanked the community at large for their support of Talavalu at this historic moment, with American Samoa represented for the first time in a major international rugby tournament.
While the International Ruby Board, the governing body world rugby, providing financial assistance for the road to Hong Kong, the team has other expenses that must be paid out of their own pockets such as additional training and per diems.
Talavalu heads to Samoa later this week to participate in the Vailima Marist 7s International Tournament where the 12-member squad will be selected for Hong Kong.
From Apia, seven of the 12 players will be selected for training early next month at the Australian Institute of Sports, sponsored by the IRB.