SouthSeas CEO joins rugby legends

08 August 2019

SouthSeas CEO Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo.

SouthSeas Healthcare CEO Lemalu Silao Vaisola-Sefo will be in the line-up of a star studded squad of Pacific Island rugby legends in the New Zealand match before the All Blacks vs. Tonga Test Match in Hamilton on 7 September.

Lemalu will be part of the mighty Pacific Legends led by Sevens icon DJ Forbes and Tana Umaga, facing the New Zealand Barbarian Legends captained by former All Black Carlos Spencer and coached by the great La’auli Sir Michael Jones.

This stunning battle between the Pacific Legends playing against the New Zealand Barbarian Legends has been organised to raise awareness of the diabetes and obesity epidemic affecting many New Zealand communities, especially the Pacific Island and Māori communities.

Lemalu says it will be an epic match.

“I’m privileged to be provided with the opportunity and to be among the greatest in rugby. The idea of a test match as a curtain raiser for the All Blacks vs Tonga match is brilliant. I look forward to it, but I need to check first if my boots still fit me.”

Lemalu says rugby always has a massive effect on bringing people together, especially Pacific communities. "Being part of this cause to raise awareness on promoting healthy lifestyles and getting behind inspiring our Pacific community to live a healthy life is a huge motivation for me.”

“As a CEO of a health organisation, my role is to serve and ensure that we strive to provide low cost access to health services for our struggling families, ensuring our Pacific community has access to quality health care and social services,” says Lemalu.

“The heart of the work we do at SouthSeas Healthcare aims to improve the health status of Pacific families in South Auckland by providing increased access to, and improving the quality of comprehensive primary, preventative and social services. This chance to be part of a match that is supporting active lifestyles and training hard for this match reminds me why I am in the health sector; to help people and to serve my community.”

“I look forward to being part of the Pacific Legends Team, supporting the boys and inspiring our communities to look after their wellbeing and stay active.”

“I haven’t been on the field for a while, but I still have a fiercly competitive spirit. I just need to keep up my fitness level and remember that this is for fun and for a good cause,” smiles Lemalu.

“It will be fun but I am looking forward more to reuniting with the boys and being part of this amazing cause to push for a healthier lifestyle to fight obesity and diabetes.”

The legends match is scheduled for a 12.10pm kick off.

Prior to being CEO for SouthSeas Healthcare, Lemalu played for the Manu Samoa rugby union team as a prop. He was part of the squad representing Samoa at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Go the Pacific Legends!

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