Samoan Heroes book

By David Riley

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Samoan Heroes Book

Project 2014-09-21 22:56:32 +1200

I'm writing a book that is a collection of biographical portraits of achievers who have Samoan ancestry. It includes contemporary heroes like Duane 'The Rock' Johnson, Troy Polamalu, David Tua, Savage and Dr Semisi Maiai; historical figures like Tamasese, Salamasina and Lauaki; and legends like Sina, Tuna and Fata.

I'm writing the book for Pasifika teenagers for 3 reasons:

1. to encourage them to read more by providing reading material they can relate to, in language appealing to them. Pasifika young people have lower literacy levels than most groups in NZ, partly due to a shortage of reading material they can relate to.

2. inspire them with positive life stories of achievers they know, describing the challenges these figures went through and how they overcame them to become successful e.g. most people know Duane Johnson as one of the most recognisable figures on the planet. But did you know that he once had to sleep on mattresses found in a rubbish collection and had only $7 in his pocket?

3. to support the preservation of historical knowledge. As a teacher of NZ born Pasifika youth I find that most of our young people are proud of their cultural heritage but often know very little about the historical achievements and figures of significance in their cultural history.

Dr Malama Meleisea of the National University of Samoa is my main advisor/consultant and will be writing a foreword.

The funding is to cover an illustrator, interior designer, cover design, editor, e book conversion, and contribution to printing cost

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Yes passed 20%!

11/10/2014 at 10:59 AM

Hey everyone the project has now passed 20%! Thank you so much. Only 15 days to go for the campaign. Please encourage friends, workmates, family to consider donating. No one is charged until the end of the campaign and only if the goal is reached. Manuia le aso everyone :)

You need to pledge to see this update.

10% there!

27/09/2014 at 6:35 AM

Hey guys I'm 10% of the way to having the funding to contract an illustrator and to publish my book on Samoan heroes for youth. Thanks for your support! Please keep sharing and encouraging friends to support as well :)

    Pledgers 44

    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-26 12:49:27 +1300
    Raymond Brown
    2014-10-26 12:24:07 +1300
    Debbie Riley
    2014-10-26 12:05:11 +1300
    Gleese
    2014-10-26 12:00:50 +1300
    Rob Schwalger
    2014-10-26 11:29:46 +1300
    Barb
    2014-10-26 10:20:53 +1300
    Esera & Tupe Tanoai
    2014-10-26 10:11:05 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-26 08:15:00 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-23 18:27:35 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-22 11:14:50 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-21 19:29:26 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-20 18:23:28 +1300
    Richard Misilei
    2014-10-18 15:22:32 +1300
    Helen Tau'au Filisi
    2014-10-18 10:16:49 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-18 09:01:06 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-17 07:06:42 +1300
    Betty Andersen
    2014-10-16 09:16:48 +1300
    sueriley
    2014-10-12 12:46:14 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-10-12 12:43:40 +1300
    Bruce Riley
    2014-10-11 12:31:37 +1300
    Bruce Riley
    2014-10-11 12:29:18 +1300
    Samantha Lane
    2014-10-11 08:56:18 +1300
    Santana Ioane
    2014-10-10 23:31:53 +1300
    Andreena Taogaga
    2014-10-10 10:53:35 +1300
    Tui M Pilgrim
    2014-10-09 00:00:39 +1300
    Taofia Pelesasa
    2014-10-08 12:56:57 +1300
    Tasi Pahulu
    2014-10-07 18:14:36 +1300
    Meleligi Valivaka
    2014-10-04 21:35:12 +1300
    Areta Toalima
    2014-10-04 12:29:20 +1300
    Chris McGuirk
    2014-10-04 08:06:59 +1300

    Samoan Heroes Book

    Project 2014-09-21 22:56:32 +1200

    I'm writing a book that is a collection of biographical portraits of achievers who have Samoan ancestry. It includes contemporary heroes like Duane 'The Rock' Johnson, Troy Polamalu, David Tua, Savage and Dr Semisi Maiai; historical figures like Tamasese, Salamasina and Lauaki; and legends like Sina, Tuna and Fata.

    I'm writing the book for Pasifika teenagers for 3 reasons:

    1. to encourage them to read more by providing reading material they can relate to, in language appealing to them. Pasifika young people have lower literacy levels than most groups in NZ, partly due to a shortage of reading material they can relate to.

    2. inspire them with positive life stories of achievers they know, describing the challenges these figures went through and how they overcame them to become successful e.g. most people know Duane Johnson as one of the most recognisable figures on the planet. But did you know that he once had to sleep on mattresses found in a rubbish collection and had only $7 in his pocket?

    3. to support the preservation of historical knowledge. As a teacher of NZ born Pasifika youth I find that most of our young people are proud of their cultural heritage but often know very little about the historical achievements and figures of significance in their cultural history.

    Dr Malama Meleisea of the National University of Samoa is my main advisor/consultant and will be writing a foreword.

    The funding is to cover an illustrator, interior designer, cover design, editor, e book conversion, and contribution to printing cost

    Comments

    Yes passed 20%!

    11/10/2014 at 10:59 AM

    Hey everyone the project has now passed 20%! Thank you so much. Only 15 days to go for the campaign. Please encourage friends, workmates, family to consider donating. No one is charged until the end of the campaign and only if the goal is reached. Manuia le aso everyone :)

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    10% there!

    27/09/2014 at 6:35 AM

    Hey guys I'm 10% of the way to having the funding to contract an illustrator and to publish my book on Samoan heroes for youth. Thanks for your support! Please keep sharing and encouraging friends to support as well :)

      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-26 12:49:27 +1300
      Raymond Brown
      2014-10-26 12:24:07 +1300
      Debbie Riley
      2014-10-26 12:05:11 +1300
      Gleese
      2014-10-26 12:00:50 +1300
      Rob Schwalger
      2014-10-26 11:29:46 +1300
      Barb
      2014-10-26 10:20:53 +1300
      Esera & Tupe Tanoai
      2014-10-26 10:11:05 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-26 08:15:00 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-23 18:27:35 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-22 11:14:50 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-21 19:29:26 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-20 18:23:28 +1300
      Richard Misilei
      2014-10-18 15:22:32 +1300
      Helen Tau'au Filisi
      2014-10-18 10:16:49 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-18 09:01:06 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-17 07:06:42 +1300
      Betty Andersen
      2014-10-16 09:16:48 +1300
      sueriley
      2014-10-12 12:46:14 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-10-12 12:43:40 +1300
      Bruce Riley
      2014-10-11 12:31:37 +1300
      Bruce Riley
      2014-10-11 12:29:18 +1300
      Samantha Lane
      2014-10-11 08:56:18 +1300
      Santana Ioane
      2014-10-10 23:31:53 +1300
      Andreena Taogaga
      2014-10-10 10:53:35 +1300
      Tui M Pilgrim
      2014-10-09 00:00:39 +1300
      Taofia Pelesasa
      2014-10-08 12:56:57 +1300
      Tasi Pahulu
      2014-10-07 18:14:36 +1300
      Meleligi Valivaka
      2014-10-04 21:35:12 +1300
      Areta Toalima
      2014-10-04 12:29:20 +1300
      Chris McGuirk
      2014-10-04 08:06:59 +1300
      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 26/10/2014 at 12:49 PM.