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Time running out to support Samoa

Time is running out to support the Vodafone Warriors' campaign to help Samoa as the island nation battles the measles epidemic there which has claimed more than 60 lives.

Throughout the week Vodafone Warriors members and fans have been showing up at Mount Smart Stadium to donate unwrapped, new gifts (including toys and clothing) which will be distributed to families affected by the outbreak.

To give the public another opportunity to drop gifts off, the Vodafone Warriors will now be open from 12.00pm-3.00pm tomorrow (Saturday, December 7).

The final chance to donate gifts will be on Monday, December 9 from 8.30pm to 5.00pm. The presents will be flown to Samoa on Tuesday.

“We all feel for the people of Samoa at this time, especially the families affected,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“This really hits home here at the Vodafone Warriors with so many of our players and staff having such close links with Samoa.

“We just want to do what we can to provide a little joy for families, even more so at this time of the year with Christmas so close.

"We really appreciate the generosity from members and fans who have been showing up at our office with their gifts.

"To help those who haven't been able to make it during the week, we'll be open for a few hours tomorrow for those who wish to donate.”

More than 4300 measles cases have been reported in Samoa since the outbreak including almost 150 in the last 24 hours. As of this morning, 63 people had died, the majority of those being young children.

DROP-OFF LOCATION

Vodafone Warriors, Mount Smart Stadium, Gate C, 2 Beasley Avenue, Penrose, Auckland 1061.