eighteen: alofa atu
By MAS Team | 18 December 2019
Who are you and what do you do in your day-to-day job?
We're MAS staff and we help our Members protect what matters most to them through insurance, investments and lending.
Who did you help today?
Today we wore floral tops and have a koha to support the Alofa Atu Day for Samoa, to raise funds for the UNICEF appeal helping with the measles outbreak in Samoa.
Why did you choose them?
The measles outbreak in Samoa is devastating and it's taken the lives of so many children. By donating funds to UNICEF, we're able to support their effort to immunise these at risk children.
What did you do?
MAS staff across the country wore floral shirts to work and gave a koha. That donation was then matched by MAS with the total being donated to the UNICEF appeal for Samoa.
What did you enjoy most?
Taking the team photos were pretty funny. We had one person run off to turn her top around so that the floral pattern was in the front rather than the back, another wanted to show off his tropical socks which made for an awkward pose.
We also have a lot of mobile colleagues and it was great to see how proactive they were with one of our managers giving out his bank account number so they could all donate there and he would pass on the funds.
What did you learn from the experience?
Good medical education and awareness saves lives.
How can I help?
You can encourage your workplace to do something similar, or you can donate directly to the UNICEF appeal.
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6/12/2019: Our Northern team took the opportunity to sort and pack food for Christmas Box, who deliver Christmas gift-wrapped food boxes to neighbouring families in need.