Princess Pilolevu Tuita was guest of honour at a religious service in San Francisco that marked the begining of a campaign to set up social work activities to support Tongans in Bay Area as well as local communities they live in.
The gathering was held on World Day of Prayer in which fourteen churches met in a prayer service that followed by a community meeting.
The Tongan community is currently engaging in the San Francisco Tonga Interfaith Just Serve project in which members can come together at weekends to plant trees and clean up places in the area.
Ane Pasina from the community said they also launched a new drive to encourage Tongan locals to become more actively involved in donating blood and organs to their local blood bank. This project is led by one of the Tongan members, William DeBruce.
Five churches participated in their first community work on March 5 which were led by Rev Maile Koloto of the Methodist Fale Hufanga, The Tongan consular in San Francisco Sela Tukia, Leafa Tuita Taumoepeau from Taulama Ma’a e Tonga, members of the St Timonthy Catholic Church of San Mateo and Siteiki Paula Tonga from Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.