Bank of Cook Islands (BCI) stepped in to provide $5000 cash and in kind support to help in the running of the 10-day competition between the southern group islands.
In accepting the support, chairman of the Manea Games Mona Tetava said the assistance from BCI was timely.
“It has come at a good time when we were running short of cash to properly prepare for the Manea Games,” Tetava said.
“We were not expecting this kind of support from them. We are very thankful to BCI for coming onboard and helping us with this major support.
“This sponsorship will help us run the event properly.”
BCI managing director Vaine Nooana-Arioka said they were excited to partner with the organisers of the 2017 Manea Games.
She said their contribution will go towards the hosting of the Games.
“BCI is handing $5000 in the efforts to support the Games that will happen in Mitiaro from October 9 for 10 days. We are very honoured to be approached with this opportunity to support the community event.”
Nooana-Arioka said they were also presenting some in kind support to ensure the event gain maximum coverage through media.
“We are sending over a media person to cover the entire Games, not only the actual sports but also the side events that may happen to ensure that we got a good flavour of what comes out when our island community comes together and participate in such events,” she said.
“We are also sending over two staff from Rarotonga to support our staff on the island who wants to participate in the Games and thereby ensuring a successful delivery of the Games by the island.”
BCI will also be running some fun events such as dash for cash, string band competition and other activities during the Manea Games.
The local bank will provide uniforms for the referees and umpires officiating the event.
The Manea Games will start with the official welcome ceremony this Saturday with the competition kicking off on Monday.