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Katukatus visit children’s ward

The members of the team were a welcome sight at the ward with the children smiling as they received the presents and shook hands with the players while the visit turned personal for some after meeting their relatives admitted at the children’s ward.
Among the patients was 2 year old Ishmael Kennedy who was admitted with kidney complications.
Kennedy managed a cheerful smile and a strong handshake after receiving his Christmas present from defender Fredrick Dola.
Ishmael’s mother, Bettlyn Piriveke from Malaita Province, said that the visit from the U-17 team is welcomed by the patients who are marking a quiet Christmas in hospital.
“I want to thank the people who organised this for sharing with us and making this Christmas day a little special for our children,” Mrs. Piriveke said.
Nurse in charge at the children’s ward on Christmas day, Jeanette Siama, said that the Katukatus is the first group to visit the ward this Christmas and the visit is much appreciated.
“We welcome this gesture very much because it makes our patients very happy. Thank you to SIFF for enabling this visit by the national U-17 team,” Ms. Siama said.
Head of Delegation Phillip Ohoto’ona said that the visit to the children’s ward was a major part of the team’s Christmas program.
“This is very important what we did here today. It is about team building and about instilling in these young players that they have to be responsible and be sensitive to those who need help. We hope that this exercise today will have a positive impact on the players and shape them in their adult life,” Ohoto’ona said.
Later in the day the Katukatus marked their celebration of Christmas with a dinner at the team’s camp residence.

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