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Thanks so much for supporting Samoa

Overwhelming is the word that comes to mind to sum up the way Vodafone Warriors members and fans have supported the call to help Samoa as the island nation battles a measles epidemic.

The Vodafone Warriors joined other NRL clubs in urging the public to donate gifts for distribution to families affected.

The outbreak has so far claimed 70 lives with almost 4700 cases reported.

The public arrived at Mount Smart Stadium in big numbers since to drop off an astonishing array of toys, games, clothing, sports gear and even a bike from the Navy.

Club legends Ruben Wiki and Jerry Seuseu - both of Samoan heritage - helped Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha load the boxed up gifts before she headed to Auckland International Airport to take the cargo to Apia aboard Samoa Airways this afternoon.

“We want to thank everyone sincerely for the effort they’ve gone to in helping at this tough time,” she said.

“It has been overwhelming and we just hope this brings a little joy to families in Samoa.”