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Pacific Energy business manager lubricants Tapuaki Finauga (left), with Fijian National Rugby League chief executive officer Timoci Naleba in Suva on August 31, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar
September 01
11:00 2017

Finauga said this was the second cheque as they are working closely with FNRL to support the Fijian Bati campaign.

The Fijian National Rugby League received $53,810 from Pacific Energy in Suva yesterday.

This is to help in the hosting of the Tri-Nations Cup tournament on October 14 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva featuring the Vodafone Fijian Bati, Papua New Guinea Kumuls and the Australian Kangaroos.

The tournament will be used as build-up for the Rugby League World Cup on October 27-December 2.

Pacific Energy Business manager Lubricant, Tapuaki Finauga made the presentation to FNRL chief executive officer Timoci Naleba.

Finauga said this was the second cheque as they are working closely with FNRL to support the Fijian Bati campaign.

“Pacific Energy is very excited to handover the second round of cheque as a result of the campaign that we started in July and the first cheque handover we had was $48, 000,” Finauga said.

“Also, we are pleased with the support of the people of Fiji who had been fuelling up at the service stations and choosing Pacific Energy where we were able to collect $53,000.

“This fund collected will go towards the preparations of the Fiji Bati team for the RLWC.

“During the campaign in July we were blessed to have some of the Fiji Bati players who assisted Pacific Energy with the campaign which included Eloni Vunakece, Akuila Uate, Kane Evans, Apisai Koroisau and Viliame Kikau who have been very instrumental in supporting to get the message across.

“It is a difficult task to get our boys represented in the world arena as we all know what is its stake and financial backing that FNRL needs in order to get our voice.

Naleba was overwhelmed with the financial assistance.

“We would like to sincerely thank Pacific Energy who have come in time to support the Fijian Bati campaign,” Naleba said.

“And we know that it has always been a challenge for the FNRL to actually compete with other sports in terms of getting the resource required to formulate the team.

“Also, in the past we could see that Fiji Bati side had reached the semifinals twice.

“So, I can assure Pacific Energy that there investment will surely be rewarded as the players are committed in achieving our goal.”

Edited by Osea Bola

grace.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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