By ZACHERY PER
A LOCAL company in Eastern Highlands province, Alekano Savings and Loans Society early this week, presented K5,000 to the Goroka Bowling Club to administer its affairs.
Napitalai Engineers Limited also donated K1,000 which will go meeting travel expense of bowlers particpating in the Masters Singles in Port Moresby.
The presentation was described as one of the first-ever for a local company to support one of the oldest bowling clubs in PNG.
Club president Wilson Unua praised the savings and loans society under the chairmanship of Ron Napitalai and deputy chairman Bin Hulotove.
He said the company, which was operating in Goroka for the last four years, to step in and help the bowling club, posed a lot of questions for established firms in Goroka.
“As a true Eastern Highlander, it brings much relief and challenges to well-established companies like Coffee Exporters, who have been operating in Goroka for years,” Unua said.
He said the club was a very old and an icon in the heart of Goroka town, producing a world class bowler Peter Juni, who is number one in Australasian division out of 26 countries.
He is placed sixth in the Commonwealth and ninth in the world.
“In the history of PNG sports, bowling has won gold for the country apart from swimming,” he said.
Unua said under his presidency this year, the club was determined to make a clean sweep of all the titles of bowling games.
He added that they had already won the men’s singles in Lae (Juni) in January.
In February, Goroka had four teams into the final four of the national pairs and successfully defended their national pennants in Lae early this month.
Alekano Savings and Loan and Napitalai Engineering has sponsored three bowlers Juni, Tony Yogiyo and Mathias Kisokau to participate in the Masters Singles in Port Moresby this weekend.
Unua said as the motto of the Savings and Loan Society stated People make it happen and they intend to make things happen for the good of the people of Eastern Highlands province.
Hulotove said they wanted to make other centres recognise Goroka as one of the centres that would set high standards in bowling.