Long term SO Samoa volunteer Fa’afetai Time has been selected by the Samoa Cricket Association as their Volunteer of the Year for 2014.
SICA has nominated Fa’afetai as their candidate for the East Asia Pacific Volunteer of the Year Award to be presented by the International Cricket Council.; Fa’afetai has been volunteering fulltime with the Special Olympics Samoa for over two years as a sports development officer Educated by Samoa Cricket’s staff, Fa’aftetai runs training sessions, competitions and coaching programs for SO Samoa.
Highlighting Faafetai’s impact was the successful 2014 Special Olympic Samoa National Games where 14 cricket teams competed in the most watched event of the week.
Fafetai has seen big shifts in his lifestyle since volunteering with SO Samoa. “In the past I liked to drink more than was healthy and I wasn’t motivated.”
The SO Samoa played a role in motivating Fa’afetai and he said “ I now take pride in my role, people see me as a role model and I enjoy making a positive changes in the lives of children with Intellectual Disabilities.