03 Apr 2017 09:40am
HENTIES BAY, 03 APR (NAMPA) The annual Councillor Michael Skini Charity Cup for football in Henties Bay received N.dollars 220 000 donations at a gala dinner at this coastal town on Friday.
This exceeded their target of collecting N.dollars 20 000.
Businessman Eliphas !Owos-aob pledged one of the highest amounts of N.dollars 25 000.
On top of that, the event received five computers from New Pointe Solutions to be given to the Okamwandi Primary School in the town.
Other donations include a printer for Okamwandi and a sheep carcass from Mayor Herman Hosabe Honeb.
The football tournament was introduced in 2015 to help the physically challenged and elderly people at the town.
Welcoming the donations, Skini, who is a local authority councillor at the town, said part of the money will be used to host the tournament later this month.
The rest will be used to renovate or even expand houses for the elderly in the town, and buying food or paying for school uniforms for children living with disabilities.
He said although they have not done much in the past two years, the event managed to pay for a school uniform and fees of a Grade 9 girl living with disability at Henties Bay.
We decided to put more effort in collecting money from this year onward so that we can make visible change, Skini said.
He said the food hampers they have been giving to elderly people do not make any significant difference in their lives.
We give them food today, then tomorrow they are hungry again; that does not help so we said let us see where they sleep so that we can improve their accommodation.
Also speaking at the gala dinner was cup patron Abner Xoagub, who is also Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) president.
Xoagub said the tournaments contribution should not only be viewed through the support of elders and children with disabilities.
This event also contributes to the economic upliftment of the town through bringing in more people who support businesses, he said.
The dinner was hosted under a cultural theme and dignitaries showed up in traditional attire and were entertained by various cultural groups.
Deputy Minister for Public Enterprises Engel Nawatiseb was in attendance.
The event will take place on 29 and 30 April at the Omdel Sport Stadium.
The winner will receive N.dollars 12 000 cash and a floating trophy, the runner-up N.dollars 6 000 and silver medals.
Semi-final losers will receive N.dollars 1 000 each.
Registration is N.dollars 1 000 per team.