Shillong, Aug 27: In order to raise funds for its community projects, the Jingiaseng Kynthei KJP Synod Sepngi, in collaboration with Mawkhar SC, organised a three-day futsal tournament between the various prebyteries at Madan Student, Jaiaw, here, with Shiparalok-Jingiaseng Kynthei Mairang Presbytery emerging as the champions on Saturday.
The winners of the final defeated Jingiaseng Kynthei Rambrai Presbytery 6-2 in an exciting final and received Rs 35,000 as champions, with the runners-up awarded Rs 15,000.
Present at the final were Shillong MP Vincent Pala as chief guest and Mawkhar SC President Ransom Sutnga as guest of honour.
Through this event, funds were raised by the Jingiaseng Kynthei KJP Synod Sepngi for its counselling centre in Shillong, a school at Umsaitjain and its Assam Mission.
Altogether, 32 teams took part in the tournament, which began on Thursday, with North Shillong MLA Shri Adelbert Nongrum opening the competition.
In his speech, Sutnga said that Mawkhar SC, who play in the Shillong Premier League, have taken a keen interest in some of the players who displayed great skill in the tournament. He appreciated the efforts of the organisers as well as the 32 teams and encouraged the players to continue in their development. Sutnga also pledged his continued personal support to the Jingiaseng Kynthei KJP Synod Sepngi and its activities.
Pala also congratulated the Jingiaseng Kynthei KJP Synod Sepngi for all of its good works and spoke about the importance of physical fitness, adding that tournaments like these play a crucial role in keeping youngsters away from the evils of drugs.
The Jingiaseng Kynthei KJP Synod Sepngi expressed its thanks to the two dignitaries for attending the final, along with elders and pastors of the church. Special thanks were also given to Sutnga and Mawlai MLA Shri PT Sawkmie for sponsoring the prize money for the champions and runners-up respectively.