Japan based Rugby Stars Shave for Tonga Cancer Kids

Soape and Koli Holani

Big Japan number 8, Koli Holani is a familiar sight tearing through defences on the rugby field and often closely supported by younger brother and flanker, Soape, for the Panasonic Rugby club or in Koli’s case, the Japan National team.  The brothers have taken on a new challenge, joining hands with children and their families back home in Tonga to tackle a ferocious opponent in the battle with cancer. They both shaved their heads together with the captain, coach and teammates from the Panasonic Rugby Club of Japan as a commitment to the upcoming WOWS Tonga 2012 Shave or Save Campaign.

Both brothers were challenged by their family while visiting Fiji earlier in the year to shave their dread locks for a good cause – supporting children with cancer in Tonga – and took up the challenge to be the first to shave for the inaugural Tongan WOWS Campaign. They let their hair grow when their mother, Liu Faleafa died of cancer and found this a fitting way to honor their mom and her very personal battle with cancer.

Tae Kami Foundation Founder, Sina Kami, commented on the generosity from the Holani brothers stating

“I was moved to see the pictures of the Holani brothers and their Panasonic teammates and we hope to see that their grand gesture will bring a smile to a battling child and some relief to struggling parents in a difficult time  - I knew their Mom and she would be proud of her boys today”

The funds from the 2012 WOWS Shave or Save Tonga will go towards the setting up of the first WOWS Child Cancer Support Fund in Tonga.

The Tae Kami Foundation has been registered in Tonga since 2009. The Tae Kami Foundation has been set up to fulfil dreams of the brave 15 year old Tongan girl Tae Kami, who passed away in 2008 after a long battle with cancer.  WOWS Shave Or Save campaigns have been run in Fiji in 2011 – 12 and now Tonga.

“Walk on Walk Strong” is the title of the song written and recorded by Tae as her message to all who are going through difficult times. This has inspired the development of “WOWS” or Walk on Walk Strong campaigns that will help  raise awareness and support at a national and regional level for Pacific children as well as spread a positive message for those struggling with various challenges in life.

You can get more information on the Tae Kami Foundation at www.taekamifund.org.

Contacts: taholo@gmail.com  – Chair: Tae Kami Foundation Ph: +679 707003.


With Supporters from Panasonic Rugby Club


WOWS Boys Before Shave

Holani Family