TARD to organise North Malaita 2009 Christmas Games from Dec 16-19
A financial support of $5,000 was transferred to the TARD 2009 Christmas Games Local Organizing Committee based at Malu’u yesterday.
The Local Organizing Committee comprises Lensley Kwaimani, Jimmy Tonowane, Eddie Omokirio, Esther Irobaea, Derrick Liosulia, Sammy Liosulia, Herman Bongi, Lawrence Areni, Mostyn, and Rickson Fulairara. TARD student members will provide support to the Organizing Committee. This is done to encourage rural participation in TARD’s community initiatives in North Malaita.
For the 2009 games, a new sports competition which is Beach Soccer will be introduced along with Soccer for boys, Netball for girls and Mix Volleyball for both boys and girls. Attractive prizes will be on offer for all the four sports. Each participating team is only requested to pay a goodwill registration fee of $10 to help TARD donate funds to the Malu’u School.
Opening ceremony of the games will start at 11 am on Wednesday 16th December 2009 to be followed directly with day 1 of fixtures.
Village teams between Rufoki Village in West Fataleka (2008 TARD champion for Netball and Volleyball) and Kolofe in East Baelelea are invited to participate in the TARD 2009 Christmas Games. The 2008 TARD Soccer champion is Columbia Team.
The North Malaita Christmas Games is a community sports initiative by TARD since December 2006 until now, a tournament in its fourth consecutive year, which was generously supported by the Australian High Commission Office in Honiara.
The 2009 and 2008 TARD Christmas games plus other sporting initiatives already implemented between late 2008 and 2009 were part of the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP) support to TARD last year.
TARD is a student volunteer group established in 2005 by North Malaita students who were studying in Fiji, and has so far coordinated a wide range of community development projects in North Malaita in the areas of sports, sanitation, medical supplies for rural clinics, school fee assistance, and research.