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Football to raise funds for Temotu

In early February a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 8.0 earthquake battered the province claiming nine lives and wiping out five villages on the west side of Santa Cruz.
The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF), Solomon Warriors Football Club, Solomon Islands Football Coaches Association (SIFCA) Provincial Select and GBR Football Club are coming together to support the region and its people. The event is also endorsed by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The two matches will be played on Sunday 3 March at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara. The first match kicks off at 2pm and features SIFCA Provincial Select against GBR Football Club, a team composed of personnel working in the police and military component of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
The main match of the day will kick off at 4pm and features the national team, the Bonitos, taking on the Solomon Warriors. The fixture will also serve as a trial match for both teams who are preparing for their respective international competitions later this month.
All gate takings for the day will go towards the fundraising effort plus each team will make a donation of SBD $1000 each. Collection bins will be set up at Lawson Tama for further donations from the public and raffle tickets for the special prizes will also be organised.
The funds will go towards an NDMO-nominated rehabilitation project which will depend on the amount of money raised. SIFF will work closely with NDMO in the collection and distribution of all funds.
SIFF has nominated former Solomon Islands international Commins Menapi, who is from Temotu province, to chair the fundraising activities and is calling on the public to turn out and support the event.
“We urge the public to come out and support this fundraising drive – it is for a very good cause. It will also be a good afternoon with entertaining football and we hope to see a good crowd,” head of media and competitions Joseph Boso says.
For more on Solomon Islands football go to www.siff.com.sb


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