The group has been camping at the Marine School area and was in need of assistance in terms of food.
Solrice unselfishly come to their aid when General Manager Brian Hutchinson brought in a supply of 15 sacks of rice (20 Kg) on Tuesday this week.
Mr Hutchinson said he was happy to assist a worthy cause and added that “helping each other is a good thing in Solomon Islands”.
On the same token, Soltuna, formerly Soltai, also provided 15 cartons of canned tuna products.
Marketing Manager Kenwood Harry said although the help was small they, it was a proof of their good relationship with the province.
“I know this is small but it is important and we are obliged to appreciate our company’s good relation with the Western Province communities where many of these paddlers are from,” Mr Harry said.
Another company to intercept and offer assistance the sustain the group’s stay in Honiara was the National Fisheries Development Company (NFD).
A sizeable supply of mixed goods including sugar, tea, milk, milo, noodles, biscuits, etc, totaling around $7,000 was delivered by their General Manager, Adrian Wickham and one of his senior staff Nollen Leni on the same day.
Mr Wickham said NFD is very proud of its support and congratulates the Christian Fellowship Church of Western Province for keeping the culture of the ‘Tomoko’ alive.
Mr Wickham and his family are also rendering their personal support and are encouraging others to consider the same.
“As for me, a Roviana man, I am moved by your participation and the Tomoko culture renaissance and I am proud of your elders and please convey my sincere appreciation to your Spiritual leader for seeing that this unique craft and its culture is alive and well,” he said.
Rev. Opportunity Kuku and Alex Aqorao expressed deep appreciation to the donors for their help.
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