Renbel Provincial government donates $10,000 to support RFL24 championship

BY ELTON LONARATHA JNR

THE Rennell and Bellona (Renbel) Provincial Government has made a generous donation of $10,000 to support the Renbel Football Championship 2024 (RFC24). The championship kicked off with an official opening ceremony at the East End Stadium yesterday, followed by the first match.

During the opening ceremony, Renbel Premier Derek Pongi addressed the audience, acknowledging the challenges of organizing such an event outside the province.

“I want to acknowledge and recognize the tireless efforts of the Renbel Football Championship 2024 organizers. Your hard work and dedication have brought us all together on this historic occasion. I also want to express my gratitude to the sponsors of this event. Without your assistance, this event would not have been possible,” Pongi stated.

The Premier also highlighted the commitment and sacrifice required to participate in the championship.

“I would like to thank the team officials, players, and supporters of all participating teams for their availability to take part in this competition. For now, even amid our financial situation, we will donate $10,000 to help support the organizers of the Renbel Football Championship 2024 in the administration of the championship,” he announced.

Pongi encouraged all participants to enjoy the games, emphasizing the celebration of football, the joy of competition, and the spirit of good sportsmanship.

“To all the players, coaches, and supporters who are here today, I urge you to enjoy the games. Let us celebrate the beauty of football, the joy of competition, and the spirit of good sportsmanship,” he added.

The Premier then officially opened the Renbel Football Championship 2024, marking the beginning of what promises to be an exciting tournament.

In addition to the Provincial Government’s support, the Renbel Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) and his office also contributed significantly to the championship. This support included funding for prizes, the opening ceremony, and a one-off cash payment. The MP’s office provided $1,000 to each of the 15 participating clubs to assist with essential needs like water and other supplies.

The substantial support from both the Renbel Provincial Government and the MP’s office underscores the importance of community and teamwork in making the RFC24 a success. Their contributions ensure that the championship not only showcases the best football talent from the province but also strengthens community ties and fosters a spirit of unity and sportsmanship.

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