The coffers of the Samoa Rugby Union are no longer empty.
A radiothon/telethon two nights ago raised $ST350,000 for SRU.
The single biggest donation came from Shanghai Construction, a company from China that’s building the new terminal at Faleolo International Airport. The company donated $ST150,000.
SRU Chairman and Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailed Malielegaoi had urged fellow citizens to get behind their national team as he opened the national fundraiser, the first since 2011.
Proceeds from the radiation are expected to help meet insurance costs for the touring players now on their northern hemisphere tour starting in Scotland in the weekend.
Funds raised will also be used to pay the salary of the Manu Samoa head coach, Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua, whose appointment is the subject of a disagreement between World Rugby and the SRU.
As news of funds raised are coming out, so too is an apparent agreement by the England Rugby Union to give a goodwill payment of $US100,000 to help with the tour costs.
SRU had asked England for a share of gate takings from the one test they will be playing that is projected to earn more than $10 million pounds.