Community involvement is an important part of the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) commitment to its host countries. APTC staff and students are encouraged to use their time and skills for the benefit of the wider community.
“Lei Night”, the fund-raising event sponsored by the APTC earlier this month in aid of a new school bus for Samoa’s Fiamalamalama School is one example of this commitment.
The old bus has become unreliable and the school needed a bus to bring the children with a disability to school.
APTC’s Commercial Cookery III students and their teachers prepared and served a delicious dinner for guests to enjoy in the pleasant surroundings of Visions, the training restaurant at the Apia campus. All the proceeds went to the new bus.
“The evening was a great success,” says Francis Howes, APTC Country Manager for Samoa. “More than $6000 tala was raised. It was a very special night.”
The Principal of Fiamalamalama School, Sharon Suhren, thanked all those who attended the “Lei Night”. “We are very grateful to the APTC,” she said. She thanked not only the staff and students but members of the business community, friends and families who “showed their love and support” by buying a ticket.
“God bless you all,” she said, adding in Samoan: “Fa’afetai le foai fa’afetai le lagolago from the board, students and staff of Fiamalamalama.”