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Mavoa golf for a worthy cause

Written By : ELIKI DRUGUNALEVU. The organisers for the Jonati Mavoa Memorial Golf Tournament expect a good turnout today in order to raise enough money to buy tablets for a
02 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : ELIKI DRUGUNALEVU. The organisers for the Jonati Mavoa Memorial Golf Tournament expect a good turnout today in order to raise enough money to buy tablets for a cancer patient.
Eroni Mavoa, the son of the late Jonati Mavoa stated yesterday that he is hoping to raise $1000 to buy tablets for a woman in her mid-40s who only became aware that she has lung cancer last year.
“We are hoping to raise about $1500 from the event in order to buy tablets for this lady with lung cancer,”Mavoa said.
“The tablets cost $100 each so we are hoping to at least buy her 16 tablets from the expected amount of money that we will raise.
“We will also be raffling some items just to go hand in hand with the tournament so we can at least raise more money,” Mavoa said.
According to Eroni, the woman has gone for her treatment to New Zealand and wished for her identity not to be revealed.
However, as far as the tournament is concerned, Eroni said that he is hopeful for a bigger and better turnout and also for good weather to prevail.
“We cannot really confirm the exact number of the participants let alone the people who have called to confirm their attendance at this stage but we can confirm that a lot of people have called and confirmed their attendance,” Mavoa said.
Some big names are also expected to feature at this one day memorial tournament with the defending champion who is also coming back to defend his title.
“The defending champion is Master Susau Managreve, the principal of Marist Brothers High School and he is coming back to defend his title.
“Other likely contenders for the title this weekend are Samisoni Kakaivalu, he has been preparing well for this tournament. Also Jope Tuivanuavou the manager for the sevens team, Jo Mataika and John Tevita”.
The tournament has been running for more than 20 years now with the money raised at the tournament being directed towards charity.
“The tournament started way back on January 1, 1986 and the people who started this tournament are all good friends of my father,” Mavoa said.
“Some of the pioneers included Timoci Tuivaga who was a close friend of my father, Bill Crukshank, Falo Keil, Archbishop Petero Mataca and Laisa Labaibure”.
“These guys started this tournament and they were the main organizers and they also formed a club and it was known as the Turtle Club”, Mavoa further added.
The tournament will tee off from 9am at the Fiji Golf Club with the winner expecting to get two return tickets to any Pacific Sun destination who is also the major sponsor for the tournament.




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