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ASG employees donate for Tonga Cyclone victims

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga (right) is seen here in this Feb. 13 photo, as he presents to Vaitoa Hans Langkilde, president of the American Red Cross American Samoa (ARCAS), a donation of $10,000 collected from ASG employees to assist Tonga which was hit hard by Cyclone Ian last month. [photo: AF]

On Thursday, February 13, 2014 the American Red Cross American Samoa (ARCAS) branch accepted a monetary donation totaling $10,000 from the employees of the American Samoa Government.
 
Governor Lolo M. Moliga on behalf of all the employees of ASG presented this generous gift to ARCAS Chairman Vaito’a H. Langkilde to assist victims devastated from Tropical Cyclone Ian on the northern Tongan  group island of Ha’apai last month.
 
Present at the reception ceremony were President of the Tongan Community in American Samoa, Mr. Tevita Paea and secretary Mr. Mavae Ofa, Ha’apai Relief Coordinator in American Samoa Mrs. Heloto Vaivao and ARCAS Board members Mrs. Sala McMoore and Vui Robert Tuala. 
 
The appreciative ARCAS Board Chairman said, “On behalf of American Red Cross, National, San Diego and American Samoa, members of ARCAS Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, I am humbled and privileged to accept this generous and substantial financial assistance from Governor Lolo on behalf of the Executive Branch ASG employee community.
 
“Through the National and global Red Cross network, this will assist disaster victims and support ongoing relief and recovery efforts in Ha’apai, Tonga. It will make a huge difference in their continued journey towards recovery,” concluded Vaito’a.
 
On behalf of the Tongan Community in American Samoa, President Tevita Paea said, “Words cannot express enough the gratitude and appreciation for the monetary donation presented to Red Cross for the recovery of Ha’apai cyclone victims. Our local community is grateful and wish to thank Governor Lolo, Lt. Governor Lemanu and Cabinet members but, most especially government employees for this kind gesture of ‘Alofa’ Fa’afetai, Fa’afetai, Fa’afetai tele lava. Malo ‘Aupito. May God Bless and replenish you ten-fold for your kindness.”



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