9 Aug 2011

Sport: Radio and telethon boosts Manu Samoa's RWC fundraising

11:30 am on 9 August 2011

Manu Samoa's radio and telethon has so-far raised more than three hundred thousand US dollars towards the country's Rugby World Cup campaign.

The event took place on Friday local time in Samoa and American Samoa, with the territory contributing more than fifty thousand dollars towards the total.

The chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union's World Cup Fundraising Committee, Lefau Harry Schuster, says the money helps to cover the costs of the teams world cup build-up.

"It helps pay for the allowance that we pay our players and also we're bringing the Western Force to Apia to play us and that costs around about half a million Tala and we've also engaged various people to assist the team technically and we need to pay for them. Also the team is going into an extended camp so we have to pay for their allowance during that whole period."

Harry Schuster says the rugby union is still aiming to reach it's fundraising goal of two million US dollars and staff are continuing to collect unpaid pledges and further donations.

A leaving dinner before the team heads to New Zealand is will also raise more money.