Bank South Pacific marks BlackThursdays with a donation to Samoa Victim Support Group

Date: Monday 05th October, 2020

The Bank of South Pacific's "Black Thursday" Campaign against Family, Sexual and Gender Based Violence was highlighted during a special community visit by the management and staff of Bank South Pacific (BSP) Samoa, to the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) Faleata Campus of Hope on Thursday 1st of October 2020. BSP Samoa presented much needed supplies that were donated by the staff themselves.

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These were complemented by a cash donation of SAT$5,000 from the bank, in support of the victims of Family, Sexual and Gender violence who are under the care of SVSG.

Bank South Pacific recognizes the daily challenges faced by the Samoa Victim Support Group and acknowledges the difficult work that they do. BSP Samoa Country Head, Taituuga Maryann Lameko-Vaai said, "The Samoa Victim Support Group and in particular the young residents of the Campus of Hope need our constant support and prayers. As a community, we must stand together to amplify the message that Family, Sexual and Gender Based violence is not acceptable. We must support NGOs and initiatives that promote human rights and justice for the victims of these circumstances".

The President of SVSG, Siliniu Lina Chang was emotional as she accepted the donations and expressed her gratitude. The livelihood and sustainability of the Campus relies on donations from different organizations and she is grateful that BSP has been there right from the beginning and continues to support the work of SVSG.

In the fight against Family and Sexual and Gender Based Violence, BSP launched the #BlackThursday awareness campaign in July 2020 where BSP employees across the Pacific region wear black every Thursdays, to spread awareness on Family, Sexual and Gender Based Violence. The campaign has been extended to December 2020.

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BSP Country Manager Taituuga Maryann Lameko-Vaai with staff and President of Samoa Victim Support Group Siliniu Lina Chang.