Hunters replied through diminutive hooker Wartovo Puara Jnr who barged his way over in the 55th minute to slam the ball in the eastern corner. Noel Zeming potted the extras as the Hunters closed the gap by two, trailing 18-16.Both teams stepped up in defence until a brilliant solo performance from Adex Wera who stepped his way past several Tigers defenders and wrong footed the fullback to hand the home side a two points lead for the first time. Zeming split the uprights and the hosts led 22-18.But the fight was not over as the Tigers scored another try in the last 10 minutes through Shane Neumann and Nona failed to raise the flags. The scores were at 22 all as the crowd were on the edge of their seats.A mistake under the Tigers uprights saw Zeming pot the extra two points as the hosts led 24-22. Desperate raids by the Tigers were to no avail. With just 10 seconds to go and the ball with the Tigers, the visitors threatened the Hunters line until a kick from Nona saw the ball kicked out on the full.The crowd stood up as they chanted Hunter, Hunters, Hunters in unison. It was a fitting farewell for the passionate Kalabond crowd, who have followed Hunters fanatically over the last 18 months.This was the Hunters last game at Kalabond with an away game and another two more to be played in Port Moresby.
An opportunity to add fresh efforts and organizations to the available health avenues for North Central Washington just unfolded. North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) is part of a statewide initiative and allocated $450,000 to funnel into local and regional health efforts in Chelan, Grant, Douglas and Okanogan counties.“The bottom line of all of it though, is to really make sure people have the ability to access the care and services that they need to be as healthy as possible,” said Sahara Suval, Communications and Engagement Manager for NCACH. “However, what we’ve learned, is only 10% of your health, the health that you experience and your health outcomes can be influenced by what happens in the clinic.”According to Suval, 80-90% of a person’s health experience is correlated with social determinants and happen outside of the clinic. So the NCACH extension, Coalitions for Health Improvement (CHI), developed an investment process, Community Initiative Funding, to designate the funding to new or expanding projects outside of the clinic that parallels with advancing local health. Those efforts should have a targeted goal that works toward social determinants of health or advance whole person health within its community.“This funding opportunity is really aimed at addressing and providing opportunities for organizations to really help us push forward our goal of whole person health by helping address those factors,” said Suval.The funding will be used to orchestrate a new sense of a healthy community as well, according to Suval. Any organizations and efforts that mirror the mission of making North Central Washington healthier is eligible. The funding is supposed to be a catalyst for addressing those social determinants in the four counties along with expanding the health partners within the communities.“What we’re really hoping to do with it (the funding), is to redefine the partners, like who we think of when we think of who’s responsible for building healthy communities. We really want to encourage kind of new and out of the box partnerships and projects through this. Really at the end of the day, what we’re hoping is that we can start to move the needle on some of these social determinants of health,” said Suval.According to Suval, a variety of organizations and efforts are encouraged to apply. It’s an inclusive application process as the coalition is trying to widen the health partnerships within North Central Washington. Coalitions, community groups, faith based organizations, education partners, social services are all invited to apply.“What we wanted to do was design this community investment process that has many opportunities for applicants, successful applicants to interact with the community as much as possible,” said Suval. “We’ve cast a really wide net in the types of projects we’re looking for as well as who can apply. Almost anybody can apply.”Applications are currently open and letters of intent are due August 16.“What we’re really hoping to see are some innovative projects that push forward this idea of whole person health, of getting people access to the services and care they need, the social supports that they need,” said Suval. read more