On September 29, 2009 Samoa was hit by an 8.1 submarine earthquake – the largest earthquake of 2009. A tsunami was generated which caused substantial damage and loss of life in Samoa, American Samoa, and Tonga. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center recorded a 3-inch (76 mm) rise in sea levels near the epicenter, and New Zealand scientists determined that the waves measured 14 metres (46 ft) at their highest on the Samoan coast.
Through Janet Lucas and Bob Simons of the 11th grade, a request came in for donations. IBU Juniors accepted the request and donated some equipment that was no longer required by the club.
The following is a message of thanks from the organisers.
Attached are two photos – One shows some of the gear we collected and purchased before it went to Samoa.
The other is the day the kids received the goods at Satitoa village preschool. Before this stuff was taken inside the preschool was virtually empty and there was nothing to play with. The goods went to two pre-schools, Satitoa and Saleamua, both destroyed in the Tsunami and rebuilt a year ago voluntarily by five Wellington builders with help from the villagers. Because there were so many soccer balls my brother also gave some of them to families to take to the older children’s schools or to be used in the village by the children.
Samoans love sport and most evenings everyone is out playing football, rugby or volleyball. These balls will be well loved and will enrich the lives of the children. Thanks so much for your contribution.