‘LAUGHING SAMOANS’ FUNDRAISER NO LAUGHING MATTER

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‘LAUGHING SAMOANS’ FUNDRAISER NO LAUGHING MATTER Comedians in Fiji to raise money for kids with cancer

By Mere Naleba SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Aug. 10, 2011) - The Laughing Samoans, Tofinga Fepule’ai, and Eteuati Ete have landed

The comedians are in the country hoping to raise money to help the Walk on Walk Strong (WOWS) foundation, which supports children suffering from cancer.

The Laughing Samoans are scheduled to stage their first performance today at the Sheraton Hotel on Denarau Island in Nadi.

[PIR editor’s note: "Laughing With Samoans" is the first professional show Ete and Tofiga did together which premiered in February 2003 at the New Zealand Fringe Festival at the Illott Chamber of the Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand. "Laughing With Samoans" was an instant hit, selling out in Wellington, Auckland and a return season in Wellington. In October 2004, the Laughing Samoans premiered as a duo called A Small Samoan Wedding. Since then the Laughing Samoans have produced and toured a new show every twelve months, playing to larger venues in more and more places.]

Walk on Walk Strong member, Taholo Kami, is the father of Tae Kami, 15, who died of cancer.

The late Tae Kami also composed the Walk on Walk strong song, which the foundation is named after.

"It is amazing how far the programme has come. The Laughing Samoans promised us a show three years ago and here they are in Fiji. I am so thankful for that," Mr Kami said.

Messers Ete and Fepule’ai are promising a good show for the people in the Western Division at the Sheraton Hotel today.

"It was unfortunate that when we released our "crack me off" show, which we had dedicated to her, she died," Mr Etet said. So we decided that we will help, whichever way we could to fulfil her wishes, and that is to help children suffering from cancer."

Mr Fepule’ai said the show was expected to be bigger and better, and exciting.

"Tae wanted to help children suffering from cancer live a comfortable life," Mr Fepule’ai said. We hope that the money raised from the three shows here in Fiji will make a difference in a child’s life."

With a slight hint of what is expected the Laughing Samoans were more than willing to share some of its episodes.

"Fiji has seen a lot of our best, but this show, this is the best of all the best, It is going to be great because the little boy Savai in our show "Choc-a-block" is going to dress up in Elvis’s costumes. It is going to be great entertainment," Mr Fepule’ai said.

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) has organized three shows in Fiji for the Laughing Samoans and has promised to give FJ$30,000 [US$17,000] to the WOWS foundation.

Their first show today is at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom from 6:30pm.

Two more shows will take centre stage in Suva on August 11 and 12.

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