BY ROMULUS HUTA
LOCALLY-owned oil company, South Pacific Oil (SPO) Limited was unveiled as the official sponsor for ‘One Team Solomon’ for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
A ceremony to mark the unveiling of the sponsorship was held yesterday at the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) conference room at Point Cruz where the company donated $70,000 toward One Team Solomon’s participation in next month’s Games in Australia.
The partnership came about after One Team Solomon’s Chef de Mission for Gold Coast 2018, Michael Chan approached SPO weeks ago.
Chan was pleased to receive the donation saying the funds given will be used to source ‘One Team Solomon’ members’ allowances at the Games.
“I requested $50,000 but then with good heart, they are willing to support us with $70,000, which I’m very grateful.
“The money will be put to good use by sourcing the athletes and officials’ allowances and other necessities during the Games.
“We will be transparent on how the money is spent and I would like to assure everyone that it will go straight for its intended purpose,” Chan assured.
Chan also thanked SPO for having the confidence in NOCSI.
SPO Chief Executive Officer Carson Korawa said their company is locally-owned and the donation is part of their outreach of giving back to the community.
“We are pleased to assist our ambassadors to the Games in Gold Coast and I would like to wish ‘One Team Solomon’ all the best,” Korawa said.
The Commonwealth Games will run from April 4 to 15.
A total of 14 athletes across six sports and 11 officials will represent Solomon Islands in the Games.
Members of the Solomon Islands Contingent will leave Honiara for Australia on Sunday.