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State gift for gold medallist in time for Christmas

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, December 08, 2012

FOLLOWING the announcement by the Prime Minister's Office of a new home for Paralymic champion Iliesa Delana, three companies have stepped forward to support construction works worth more than $7000.

At a morning tea event this week hosted by the Housing Authority (HA), Mr Delana was given the opportunity to meet the people behind the procurement and building process. Housing Authority chief executive officer Alipate Naiorosui said the land and house package was given to Mr Delana by the authority on behalf of government as a gift for his gold medal achievement at the London Paralympics this year.

HA spokesman Dwain Qalovaki said Sam Ross Consultants and Property Management had volunteered to build a driveway with wheelchair access in front of the property valued at $2900.

"Reddy Diamond will be contributing roof covering materials valued at $2866. A further $1500 in building materials will be contributed by Vinod Patel," Mr Qalovaki said.

He said they appreciated the contributions and effort towards building a home suitable for a gold medal icon.

"So far the financial and in-kind contributions have amounted to almost $8000 and we are working with the military engineers to ensure that we complete the house before Christmas."