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Crushers boosted with timely gift of sports gear from sponsors

Maciu Malo
Friday, May 23, 2014

The Natabua-based Islands Electric Lautoka Crushers rugby league team has once again received a timely boost with a new set of jerseys, boots, and water bottles to kick start their 2014 Fiji National Rugby League season tomorrow.

Team manager Mesake Navugona heaped praises towards the Lautoka-based electrical company for its support for the club.

Navugona said Islands Electric's sponsorship started with about $500 in the first year and this is the 11th year of continuous sponsorship to the club the amount had now reached about $6000.

Navugona said the company had been very supportive to the club as for the first time last year, the players payment were introduced.

"We were very fortunate to have a company such as Islands Electric coming in to support the club especially as this is a community-based club which looks after unemployed youths and school dropouts in Natabua and the surrounding areas.

"With support like this from Islands Electric we have continued to target our development work within the club and I'm happy to say that we have one player, Asaeli Saravaki who was in the national U19 team to Australia last month.

We also have three players in the national rugby league squad in Tom Hini, Isimeli Ravula and Kitione Ligavatu," Navungona said.

The former dual international said the players are all excited with the new outfit and also getting their boots for the first time.

Tomasi Nanuqa, of IEW who presented the jersey's said their company had always supported the many different sporting organisations and urged other business organisations to do likewise.

" Such support is the strength of all sports since a public holiday has already been announced for next year and although , ours is not a corporate company we keep contributing towards sports and charity," Nanuqa said.

"I for sure know that at the end of the day materials things don't matter but your good deeds will remain forever and good times or bad times our contribution will continue towards our own."

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