REHOBOTH, 06 APR – The recently concluded Aranos Mayoral Easter Tournament was a huge success, according to town mayor Elden Kuhanga.
The third edition of the tournament was hosted by the Aranos Town Council in the Hardap Region through the Office of the Mayor.
A statement availed to Nampa on Friday said 18 football teams and four netball teams took part in the four-day event, with approximately 1 200 spectators turning up to support their teams from as far as Windhoek.
Tuk-Tuk Eagles Football Club from Windhoek walked away as victors with N.dollars 40 000, a floating trophy and 20 gold medals after defeating Adizonkpak from Hoachanas 1-0 in the final. The runners-up received N.dollars 18 000 and 20 silver medals.
The two semi-final losers, Friends from Aranos and Aranos Celtics, each got N.dollars 8 000.
The top goal scorer, top goalkeeper and best referee of the tournament received N.dollars 500 each.
Netball winner, Mariental Netball Club, won N.dollars 5 000, a floating trophy and 15 gold medals, while runners-up, Aranos Netball Club got N.dollars 2 500 and silver medals.
The council raised approximately N.dollars 158 420 through donations, gate fees, business stalls and participation fees.
Kuhanga in his statement said since the day he was sworn in as mayor in December 2015, he started thinking of projects and activities to help raise funds for the council’s 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 said the fundamental reason for organising an event of this magnitude was to start addressing the various socio-economic challenges of the town’s inhabitants.
He further said it is a personal challenge he and his team took on, 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.”
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.”