TARD Vice Chairman thanks Australian Government for supporting 2009 North Malaita Christmas Games
The To’abaita Authority for Research and Development (TARD) 2009 Christmas Games has finally eventuated in Malu’u, North Malaita yesterday.
The tournament was sponsored by the Australian High Commission's Sports Outreach Programme through the TARD.
The opening programme was started with a uniform parade which was led by the current cup holders for football, the Columbia Football Club from Malu’u, Arao for volleyball and Rufoki for Netball.
Speeches were followed after the parade. In the opening speech the Vice-Chairman of TARD Mr. George Ganiau said, “he was thankful for the Local Organizing Committee for the work done towards the preparations for the 2009 TARD free Christmas Games in the absence of the TARD members”.
He said”, his thanks goes also to the surrounding clubs for their support and especially to the Columbia Football Club for availing the beach soccer pitch for the tournament this year”.
Mr. Ganiau finally thanked the Australian High Commission for their support which is the bottom line of everything that is happening now.
We are the most privileged recipient of the group’s assistances compared to other recipients in the country, he said.
He said, “we thanked them for trusting us TARD as an avenue to channel the assistances to the needy population of Solomon Islands”.
He went on to say that at the moment we are trying to secure funds for the 2010 TARD free Christmas games.
Mr. Ganiau wishes all competing teams on behalf of TARD, an enjoyable, peaceful and successful TARD free Christmas game.
He urges all competitors to play fair and win fair.
In another speech, the Deputy Principal for Arnon Atomea Community High School, Mr. Penuel Idusulia said, “we have now reached a stage where we cannot turn a blind eye nor neglect youth”.
Therefore Mr. Idusulia would like to congratulate the To’abaita Authority for Research and Development for initiating and spearheading this move.
He encouraged TARD to continue on with the good work that they have started.
The total number of teams that registered for the tournament is 13 teams for Beach Soccer, 15 teams for netball, 35 teams for football and 16 teams for volleyball.
Today, the day two of games was completed successfully.
It is understood that the finals for Netball and Volleyball will be played tomorrow while Football and Beach Soccer is still progressing until Saturday, when the tournament will end.