By PISAI GUMAR
YOUTHS from East Taraka suburb outside Lae city received touch footy and volleyball medals, including K1,200 in cash to be awarded to their winners.
The medals will be awarded after the competition hosts its semi-final this weekend followed by the grand finals next week.
To help out, community leader Jacob Maragau chipped in with four shields and trophies, including cash prizes for the women’s volleyball and men’s touch footy New Year competitions.
Maragau runs a tavern and a cigarette distribution business and draws his employees and customers from the communities of East and West Taraka, Igam, Tent Siti, Bumayong, Telikom Training College and the University of Technology.
“As a token of appreciation, I am obliged to assist youths from the area in whatever community activity they intend to initiate,” he said.
“No one will change or improve this place to be a better place for us to live in unity, peace and harmony.
“The roles and responsibilities rest on us to make it happen,” he said.
The K1,200 will be divided between the winners of each code and division.
Another businessman from Taraka, who was also at the presentation, Eddie Bal of Bal Distributors, urged the communities to live in peace and harmony through the links they set up in sports.