BY SIMON KESLEP

Ela Motors Team has won the 2022 Kumul Petroleum Charity Golf.

The team led by Woodword Kaupa, Vincent Akui, Mathew Giaut and Ruth Dean finished first out of a total of 54 teams that participated.

Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited Managing Director Wapu Sonk said the one-day tournament is for a worthy cause that supports underprivileged, disabled and unhappy children.

“Spending our time golfing goes a long way in providing these kids with a better place, a better wheelchair, etc.

Thank you to the corporate sponsors who supported this tournament as well as the winning prizes,” Sonk said.

He said that next year, on February 3, a similar one-day golf tournament will be held in Lae with the aim of raising funds to support cancer.

“We have invested K15m in improving Angau Hospital and K10m in supporting the cancer center at Port Moresby General Hospital. 50 million K also in the heart focus.

“We are once again welcoming all the teams to Lae and supporting oncology, which should be operational very soon.

Thank you for supporting Kumul Petroleum as well as the unfortunate children,” says Sonk.

National Energy Authority Team 1 finished second in the tournament, followed by Kana Construction, Rubber Duckies and Minpac Construction in fifth place.

Prime Minister James Marape officially kicked off the tournament and also participated with the Prime Minister’s Department team.

“Good turnout from more than 50 teams in this charity event sponsored by Kumul Petroleum. Under my government, we have given instructions to Kumul Petroleum to support the heart center as well as the cancer center to be held in Lae.

“Having companies go out and spend 3,000-4,000K is such a great opportunity for a worthy cause and thank you to all companies,” says Marape.

He acknowledged the participation of other public companies for their involvement in community sports commitments.

“I thank Kumul Petroleum as well as the National Gaming Control Board as well as others who are part of the state owned bodies and are known to be in society and community events.

The Royal Port Moresby Golf Club allows events like this for people to raise funds, whether for a disaster etc.

“All proceeds go to those who are homeless and this is part of their Community Service Obligation (KPHL). For Papua New Guineans, please take up golf…it’s easy, you don’t spend a lot…just walk around and exercise your heart,” says Marape.

Meanwhile, during the award ceremony, a signed PNG Kumuls RLWC2021 jersey as well as a signed PNG Pukpuks 2022 Oceania Cup jersey were auctioned.

The Kumuls shirt secured the highest bid at K30,000 thanks to Chris Yabra of Mc Royal Hotel in Mount Hagen who played with Team PNG Ports.

Yabra received the signed jersey from Nixon Putt and McKenzie Yei. The Pukpuks jersey was presented to Jonny Hamblin of Pacific Palms ownership with a bid amount of K2,500.