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Kimbe Cutters boosted with PG funds and a K50,000 from Enga Governor


West New Britain Governor Hon. Sasindran Muthuvel and Member for Talasea Open Hon. Freddie Reu Kumai have presented cheques worth K700,000 to Kimbe Cutters on Saturday to support the team for their 2023 season.

The cheque was presented after Enga Mioks beaten Kimbe Cutters 16-8 in their home ground of the Digicel ExxonMobil Cup round 14 in Humphreys Oval in Kimbe, WNB.

Governor Muthuvel presented two cheques worth K400,000 to the Cutters. K200,000 from PSIP and K200,000 from Trust Funds while Talasea MP Hon. Freddie Reu Kumai presented K300,000 out of the Talasea DDA funds as well to support the team.

Due to the fact that it is a provincial team, according to the Talasea District member, Hon. Reu Kumai's office came onboard to provide assistance to support the participating youths as part of their youths through sports program.

“We come onboard this year to support the West New Britain Provincial Government as a District. We feel that that’s the only way for us in engaging with the youths through sports and the team is a Provincial team, they represent the province in the national level in Digicel Cup competition,” said Hon. Freddy Reu Kumai.

“The board have put up a K300,000 as part of our youth and development program to address law and order through this support,” added Hon. Kumai.

Meanwhile, Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas also committed K50,000 to the Cutters. Sir Ipatas made the commitment when witnessing the cheque presentations done by Hon. Kumai and Governor Muthuvel. This is the first time that Sir Ipatas committed a donation such as this to a club.

“This is the first time. They are making the donations in front of me so, as a leader I have to make my contributions,” said Sir Ipatas.

"Kimbe has always participated in the Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup," added Sir Ipatas.

“We give K50,000 for their participation in our Cup. Additionally, in the past we have selected players from Kimbe to play for us in Mioks so we have a relationship. We are also contributing because we have players from Mioks from Kimbe through the Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup. When we have our off-season, they facilitate us here and we select our players,” he said.

The Ipatas Cup sponsorship has now changed. So, from the end of this year, it will be called the National Gaming Control Board Ipatas Cup.

Governor Muthuvel expressed thanks to Sir Ipatas for his generous support in committing K50,000 to Cutters saying these contributions is to motivate and inspire positive results.

“We are funding to expect positive results and inspire and motivate more people to join. Also, part of the funding is to get around in schools and identify potential talents to attract them to Kimbe Cutters,” said WNB Governor Sasindran Muthuvel.

Sir Peter travelled with his team on Friday to Kimbe to witness the match on Saturday and returned to POM on Sunday.


PHOTO CREDIT: WNB MEDIA

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