The Micronesian Games Organizing Committee received an injection to its coffers yesterday as public relations and government affairs general manager Cecile Bamba Suda and Mobil Oil Mariana Islands, Inc. I & W territory manager Lucas Salii presented MGOC vice chairman Rex Palacios a check for $15,000 in the conference room of the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
The donation was nothing new for Mobil, and it even looked like the birds on the Micro Games banner winked and smiled in approval when Bamba Suda and Salii handed over the check.
“Since 1990 Mobil Oil Guam and Mobil Oil Micronesia has been a primary sponsor for the Micronesian Games and once again we are proud to be a sponsor of the Games. This is a reflection of our hand-in-hand relationship with our neighbors here in the CNMI,” said Bamba Suda.
Palacios said that he was extremely happy that Mobil joined the growing list of supporters who have stepped up to lend a hand in hosting the athletes for the best event possible in such short notice.
“It’s really true, Mobil has a long history of contributing to the sports community and this is just in keeping with their long-time commitment,” he said.
Bamba Suda said that there may actually be more support for the Games on the way and that it is only a matter of time before Mobil offers additional funding to the effort.
“We’re actually still working with the government to see how else we can support them, particularly in health and safety. This $15,000 could be more overall and we will share that once we come to some agreement as far as how much more money that the MGOG needs from us,” she said.
Bamba Suda explained some of the reasoning behind Mobil’s generous offering to the MGOC by saying that it was more of an investment in the future of Micronesia than in the Games itself.
“We’ve always supported sports. It’s very important for our youth and it keeps everybody healthy, it keeps them out of trouble, and they can take some of the lessons that they learn on the field and apply them to everyday life,” she said.