Reaching Out Through 7s

Ram Sami, Suva Rugby team-up to raise funds for cyclone victims
06 Feb 2021 16:04
Reaching Out Through 7s
From left: Optimal Pacific general manager, Steven Mallam, Tanoa Plaza general manager Mere Rakoroi, Suva Rugby Union secretary, Tevita Tuiloa, Ram Sami Business Development manager, Abdul Shameer, Suva Rugby executive, Tevita Dawai, Event manager, Masau Magitilailai, Alipate Mataivilia and Nacanieli Radravu during the launch of the Suva Rugby Union TC Yasa/Ana 7s appeal at Tanoa Plaza, Suva, on February 5, 2021. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Ram Sami continues its support for grassroots rugby development with the Suva Rugby Union.

And yesterday besides handing a $10,000 cheque, for the 2021 Skipper Cup season, they also launched the Suva Rugby Union Tropical Cyclones Yasa/Ana sevens appeal.

The sevens tournament will be held at Nasau Park, Levuka on March 5-6.

Ram Sami business development manager, Abdul Shameer said this was a great initiative.

“We are very honoured and privileged to be associated with Suva Rugby for the TC Yasa Sevens appeal.

“As witnessed in the final last year, Suva played a great and we will continue with our sponsorship this year.

“We will continue to support rugby development and we wish Suva Rugby Union all the best,” he said.

Ram Sami was the major sponsor for Suva last year and supplied eggs and sausages for the players’ meal at every training session for the three teams.

They donated $2000 at the launch of the Suva’s Sevens appeal.

Suva Rugby executive, Tevita Dawai, said it was only right to take the tournament to Ovalau, since they were affected in the past cyclones as well as TC Yasa late last year.

“The main purpose of our event is to take some sort of energy as we are going through these difficult times,” he said.

“And SRU in partnership with its key partners is taking out the rugby tournament to the grassroots and focusing on the maritime areas. Given that it was badly hit in previous cyclones and the recent TC Yasa and Ana.

“It will also set out the platform to engaging with key partners from the private sectors to help in the relieve work.

“We are trying to pull some of these key teams to Ovalau, and also some of our key stars from the Fijian 7s side,” Dawai added.

He said 16 teams would be part of this tournament with a registration fee of $700. The fee is inclusive of meals, accommodation and return boat fares.

Dawai added: “We hope to identify key talents and players from this tournament as well. There will be free admission for the two days.”

Partners like PAFCO, Ram Sami, Tanoa and Optimal Pacific will be out as well to promote their Fijian made products.

Event manager, Masau Magitilailai said: “The tournament also include mix volleyball and netball and will be free of charge.

All money raised from the two days will be distributed to the affected areas in the country by the Suva Rugby Union.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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