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Friday, December 29, 2006

RAMSI assists in the Small Malaita Games 2006

The 2006 Small Malaita Mini Games have been given a boost on the opening day with support from the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.

Members of RAMSI traveled to the Sa’a community for the opening of the Games to present soccer balls and T-shirts to the organising committee, and talk to teams and spectators about what RAMSI has been doing in the Solomon Islands.

Estelle Parker, Advisor to Special Coordinator Tim George, said RAMSI was happy to support sport in Solomon Islands. “Solomon Islands is a sporting nation and sport is good for the spirit of the country. Everywhere I travel I see the high sporting skills of the people in this country, especially in soccer and netball”, she said.

“It is very exciting for us to be here with you this morning. On behalf of the fifteen countries that contribute to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, it is my pleasure to present this gift to the Small Malaita Mini Games” “I want to wish all the participants good luck for the competition”, she said.

John Hou, Chief and Chairman of the Sa’a community thanked RAMSI for all its good work in the Solomon Islands.

“May RAMSI remain in Solomon Islands for many more years”, he said.

Before the presentation, Ms Parker, Lieutenant Thomas Drew of the Combined Task Force, Gino Gaspari from RAMSI’s Participating Police Force and Chris Tarohimae from RAMSI’s Community Outreach Program spoke to the teams and spectators about RAMSI and answered their questions.

Ms Parker said getting out into the community to support grassroots activities like the games and provide information direct to the community about RAMSI was critical to the RAMSI partnership with the people and government of the Solomon Islands.

"This continues RAMSI assistance to sports development in the Solomon Islands, which has included funding to Solomon Islands Football Federation for a skills development program, as well as the organisation of sporting games, bike rides and fun runs", she said.

Source: RAMSI

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