19 Apr 2017 16:20pm
ARANOS, 19 APR (NAMPA) The Aranos Mayoral Easter Tournament was a huge success, according to town Mayor Elden Kuhanga.
The second edition of the tournament was hosted by the Aranos Town Council in the Hardap Region through the Office of the Mayor.
Nineteen football teams and five netball teams took part in the four-day event, with approximately 1 500 spectators turning up to support their teams from as far as Gobabis and Okahandja.
Kuhanga on Monday said since the day he was sworn in as mayor in December 2015, he started thinking of fundraising projects and activities to help raise funds for the councils social account.
It is on this basis that my office decided to organise a social event combining soccer, netball, cultural performances and dance in a tournament, he remarked.
Kuhanga further said the fundamental reason for organising an event of this magnitude was to start addressing the various socio-economic challenges of the towns inhabitants.
He said it is a personal challenge he and his team took, because there are too many poor people in their community, most depending on social grants.
We decided to raise funds to show our community that you can if you care enough, Kuhanga remarked.
He said the funds will be used to provide first aid assistance to Aranos residents in times of disaster, especially fire outbreaks that usually leave affected families without shelter and hopelessly destitute.
As mayor, I assure all residents that during my leadership I will make extra effort to ensure that all funds raised and donated through these events are directed for the benefit of the intended beneficiaries, he concluded.
Future Boys Football Club from Windhoek walked away as victors with N.dollars 25 000, a floating trophy and 20 gold medals after defeating Gochas United 4-0 in the final. The runners-up received N.dollars 13 000 and 20 silver medals.
The two semi-final losers: Friends from Rehoboth and Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Mariental each got N.dollars 5 000.
The top goal scorer, top goalkeeper and best referee of the tournament all received N.dollars 500 each.
Netball winner NamPol Mariental won N.dollars 4 000, a floating trophy and 15 gold medals, while runners-up Mariental Netball Club got N.dollars 2 000 and silver medals. Aranos Netball Club won N.dollars 1 000 for third place.
The council raised approximately N.dollars 106 200 through donations, gate fees, business stalls and participation fees.