(Picture Tusitina Nu’uvali & Lauano Henry Vaiotu)
Power partners for Don’t Dis my Ability
Written by Andrew Flynn
Amplifying the voices of Samoa’s Athletes who inspire us all to achieve greatness is the aim of Samoa’s newest radio program to hit the airwaves on 106.7 Power FM. Station Director Lauano Henry Vaiotu says he is proud to be donating his stations airtime broadcast the stories of Special Olympics Samoa’s Athletes across Samoa.
On Tuesday Mr Vaiotu Co-hosted Power FM’s inaugural “Don’t Dis my Ability” segment which illustrated the various programs offered by Special Olympics Samoa and the achievements of Athletes who overcome mountainous barriers to achieve their full potential. “Our goal is to share the achievements of Samoa’s athletes creating role models and helping communities remove the negative stigmas that prevent people with disabilities from enjoying the same rights and opportunities as the wider community”
With the first episode completed and the confirmation of a long term partnership with the radio station the Special Olympics Samoa team is engaging the community through the weekly program welcoming guests on to share their personal stories as Athletes, Volunteers, Coaches, Policy Makers and Parents. The shows Co-host and CEO of SO Samoa Ms Tusitina Nu’uvali says “This program is a huge step forward for us taking our message of inclusiveness to the rural villages of Samoa and in the process potentially unearthing new families who do not know about the services we offer.
Having experienced firsthand the impact and challenges that a disability can have ones life , Mr Vaiotu said that “Even though I have Muscular Dystrophy and I am confined to my electric wheel chair I am determined to live my life as normally as possible.” Mr Vaiotu returned to Samoa to be closer to his family and opened his first radio station that broadcasts across Samoa. “Getting the radio station up and running took a whole year and it felt like I had to complete a thousand documents throughout the lengthy process but with the support of my family I achieved my dream.”
The “Dont Dis my Ability” radio show is the first of its kind in the pacific to be dedicated to using sport as the vehicle to build healthier happier inclusive communities. It is hoped that sponsors will provide support and prizes to assist in the sustainability of the program. Interested listeners can tune into the program on Tuesdays at 10:00am on 106.7 Power FM.