Dr Falaniko Tominiko, Director of Pacific Success at Unitec Institute of Technology, will deliver a special lecture on A Brief History of Samoan Tragedy and Resilience next Tuesday as part of a Unitec fundraiser for Mūmū mo Samoa in support of the Samoan measles outbreak.
Mūmū mo Samoa or Red for Samoa is named in recognition of the red flags that Samoan people are being asked to hang outside their homes to inform medical staff that they require measles vaccinations. Unitec staff and students will be encouraged to wear red next Tuesday and donate to the cause.
Non-profit organisation Project Paeds Samoa, which supports paediatric wards in Samoa, will distribute the funds locally to families in need. Dr Tominiko, who was born and raised in Samoa and has an academic and research background, is one of its founding members.
“This is a cause very close to my heart,” said Dr Tominiko. “Through the lecture I’m hoping to raise awareness of past instances of tragedy in Samoa, but also to shine the spotlight on what’s happening now and ways in which we can directly assist Samoan families.”
The lecture will be held in Unitec’s Red Lecture Theatre next Tuesday 17 December from 12-1pm and is open to the public. It will also be live streamed via the Unitec Pacific Centre’s Facebook page