Henties Bay hosts charity tournament in October

Nikanor Nangolo
The Henties Bay Harambe Charity Organisation will be hosting the two-day Henties Bay Harambe Charity Cup for soccer and netball fans on 1 and 2 October at the Omdel Sport Stadium in Henties Bay.The winner of the soccer tournament will walk away with N$25 000, 20 gold medals, soccer kits and a floating trophy.

The runner-up will win N$15 000, 20 silver medals, and soccer balls.

The semi-finalists will each receive N$5000 as well as 20 bronze medals.

Winners in the netball tournament will win N$2 500 and 15 gold medals. The finalists will pocket N$1 250 as well as 15 silver medals, while the semi-finalists will each receive N$625.

The annual event previously was previously known as the Michael Skini Charity Cup.

Vulnerable assistance

According to founder and chairperson of the charity cup, Michael Skini, the event will be attended by, among others, Erongo regional governor Neville Andre, Arandis constituency councillor Benitha Imbamba, Henties Bay Mayor Lewies Vermaak, councillors, sponsors and other invited guests.

Skini said the charity cup is being hosted to assist the vulnerable members of the Henties Bay community, especially pensioners and youngsters.

“This will be done through the renovation of dilapidated or damaged houses of pensioners and the planning and preparation of a year-end dinner for pensioners and people living with disabilities,” Skini said.

“The cup also helps explore and expose hidden talents that could be scouted for professional levels of football.”

He said the funds collected by the event will be deployed to assist best-performing learners with school, examination and hostel fees, and assist to supply school uniforms.

“And, most importantly, help boost the economy of the town by pooling large number of people to Henties Bay,” he said.

New name

Skini explained that the tournament began as the Michael Skini Charity Cup, “but I decided to do away with my name so that Henties Bay residents start to own the project and also as a way of promoting inclusivity. The initiative was initially an event, but it has grown into a project over the years with the support of incredible sponsors who really do carry the social interest of others in their hearts and who really want to see a difference in other people’s lives, and we are highly indebted to them.

“Apart from our social responsibilities of previous years, we have added another for 2022 in the form of donating four wheelchairs to people living with disabilities within Henties Bay and the donation of sanitary pads to girls at Kamwandi Combined School,” Skini said.

Entry details

Registration fees for soccer teams (to be held on a knock-out basis) are N$2 000 while entry for netball teams costs N$425.

The event will include stalls (which are available for N$450 for the whole weekend), musical entertainment, a beer tent, a jumping castle, a car wash, as well as a pool competition.

Skini pointed out that the charity event started in 2015 and has run successfully for the past eight years, leaving a positive impact on a lot of people’s lives, especially the vulnerable members of the Henties Bay community.

However, despite the urge of wanting to assist members of the community, a lack of funds hinders the execution of all activities, not to mention the sport facilities that are unconducive and unhygienic.

“The way forward would be to identify and negotiate with a corporate partner that will co-sponsor the whole event to fully meet the objectives of the project,” Skini suggested.

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