Fundraiser for Lotu

Thursday February 07, 2019 Written by Published in Health
Lotu Vaevae Pare (right) with his sister Samantha. 19020610 Lotu Vaevae Pare (right) with his sister Samantha. 19020610

Sadly, 9-year-old Lotu Vaevae Pare has been recently diagnosed with leukaemia.

The youngster has been flown to New Zealand on Saturday from Apia and is at the Children’s Starship Hospital in Auckland.

Lotu attended Takitumu Primary school with his sister Samantha, while residing in Matavera.

“He is a vibrant boy with many friends,” says the father of one of Lotu’s friends, “this is distressing news and a shock to hear; we want to help out.”

Lotu’s parents are Alfonso and Laga Uele Vaevae Pare, who are both dentists; his mother Laga, was also previously employed at the Rarotonga Dental clinic.

She moved to Samoa last May with the kids, to take care of her mother; Alfonso remained on the island continuing to work at the local dental clinic.

On hearing the devastating news, members of the community wanted to help support the families in Matavera undergoing medical treatment.

Iotia Atera is also in NZ on a medical referral since November last year.

Member of Parliament Vaetoti Tupa called a meeting on Tuesday to discuss fundraising options to assist the two families, the small community fully supported the cause to help out with medical and living expenses.

A Radio-Thon will start tomorrow from 12 noon to 6pm, with hosts Aunty Nga and MP Vaitoti Tupa. Helpers are needed to record donors’ names in Maori or English, and runners to pick up donations if required.

Barbecue food will be on sale from 10am at the Matavera Sunday School for only $10 per plate that will consist of chops, sausages, potato salad, coleslaw and kinaki.

For those who would like to donate towards the barbecue, please drop off to Liz Obeda’s residence in Matavera.

Please give a little towards these families in need.

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