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Bonitos host successful corporate dinner

A host of guests turned up for the event including the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga; Speaker of the National Parliament, Hon. Namson Tran; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon, Peter Shanel; Minister of the Public Service, Hon. Rick Hou and members of parliament, Hon. Jimmy Lusibaea, Hon. Martin Mokolo and Hon. Joseph Onika.
The local business sector was also represented with Our Telekom taking centre stage in a list which included representatives from Lee Kwok Kuen, LBS Engineering, MAT Insurance, Advance Technology and Quan Chee. Several business houses were not present but offered their support in kind. Solbrew donated $5000 worth of beer and soft drinks while Tongs Corporation supplied $2000 worth of meat for the dinner.
About half of the funds raised came from the sale of tables whilst the rest was in the form of pledges. While the number of pledges for the evening was not high the amounts sure made up for them. Raffle tickets sold during the dinner raised $5050 and an additional $5000 came after one of the winners Tom Oppenheim, the Deputy British High Commissioner, decided to auction the mobile phone he received in the second raffle draw.
Another interesting fundraising feature in the evening was the sing-along show and the top drawer was a rendition of the popular Kwara’ae song Kwatea Mei Nunum by Hon. Maelanaga, Martin Alufurai, William Lai, and Our Telekom CEO, Loyley Ngira. The song raised $1000 cash and additional pledges of $5000 each from Hon. Onika and Hon. Tran. Alufurai’s performance of Swing Low Sweet Chariot raised $1000 cash and $3000 in pledges while Phillip Ohoto’ona raised an additional $1000 for entertaining the guests with a contemporary rock song.
Several conditional pledges were also made with the most significant being the announcement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shanel, that should the men’s football team win a medal at the Pacific Games he will be putting a cabinet paper to support an Asian tour in preparation for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2012. To sweeten the deal Hon. Shanel also offered a $25 000 prize money for the silver medal while his colleague Hon. Tran offered $50 000 to the Bonitos should they win the gold medal.
Interestingly four (4) local football clubs also pledged their financial support. Koloale, KOSSA and Western United all pledged $5000 each while Sunbeam made a $2000 commitment to the national team.
The biggest announcement of the evening, however, came from Our Telekom who announced a hefty sponsorship package of $350 000 for both the men’s and women’s national teams. Our Telekom Marketing Manager, Robertson Szetu, handed the cheque over to the SIFF President, Martin Alufurai during the dinner event.
Bonitos team manager, William Lai, says that he is humbled by the support that the community is showing for the team.
“I am impressed with the turnout last night and I wish to thank everyone who made the effort to come out and support our national teams,” Lai says. “Your support tonight will surely boost the morale of our national teams.”
Both national teams will leave the country for Noumea, New Caledonia on Wednesday.
Breakdown of money raised
Total amount raised from tables $120 000
Pledges – $52 000
Conditional pledges – $75 000
Raffle draws $5050
Auction $6000
Cash donations $3000 (Steve Hall (Executive Director, Our Telekom) $2000 and Joseph Waleanisia & Family $1000)
Sing-along $3100
The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) and the Solomon Islands national men’s and women’s football teams acknowledge the support of the following organisations and individuals towards the Bonitos fundraising dinner.
1. Office of the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister
2. Members of Parliament Hon. Manasseh Maelanga, Hon. Namson Tran, Hon. Peter Shanel, Hon. Rick Hou, Hon. Jimmy Lusibaea and Hon. Joseph Onika
3. Mayor of Honiara His Excellency Israel Maeoli
4. Our Telekom
5. British High Commission
6. Sea King Restaurant
7. Pacific Arts Festival
8. Quan Chee
9. Mat Insurance
10. Western Provincial Government
11. Advance Technology
12. Dragons Football Club
13. Hon. Namson Tran
14. Legal Legals
15. Lee Kwok Kuen
16. LBS Architecture
17. Solomon Breweries
18. National Fisheries Development Agency
19. Central Bank of Solomon Islands
20. Tongs Corporation
21. Joseph Wale and family
22. Steve Hall and family
23. Neil Poloso
24. Koloale FC
26. Western United FC
27. Sunbeam FC
28. SIBC, One News and National Express

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