By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
A Friend of Tembari Children
ONE aim of Tembari’s sports event during Independence Day week is to educate the village residents on good behavior.
And good behavior is always breached at large gatherings such as this two-day volleyball event (Sept 16-17) where about 400 athletes will coverged at Tembari grounds to compete.
They’ll be representing 20 volleyball teams from 10 clubs at Oro Village at 7 Mile outside of Port Moresby. Each club would be fielding two teams – one for men and the other for women.
Not to mention the spectators who are children, teen-agers, young adults, elders and so on.
A number of them would come to the games reeking of liquor, as usual; or high in drugs. Others would be those with penchant to create troubles amid big crowds, just for the heck of it.
At a community meeting on Saturday, Penny Sagembo, Co-Founder and Co-President of Tembari Children’s Care (TCC) made it a point
Penny said that to instill discipline during the games, Tembari would be awarding trophy to the district that would succeed in keeping its wards (those men, women and children living in the district) behaved.
And most especially in keeping their players a good sport.
The village leaders agreed to support this initiative.
This is tough job for whoever is running the district.
The trophy to represent good behavior will go to the district who will achieve this feat.
And of course, without the usual support from three Filipino expats in Port Moresby – the troika from HiTRON Tony, Dhes and Jocelyn – we won’t be able to have the trophy intended for this award.
The trio emailed me last Friday about their wish to shoulder the cost of some items related to the sports event.
Their timing was great as it was on this date when we decided to give this award to the most disciplined district.
Thanks a lot to you guys – Tony, Dhes and Jocelyn!