China donates over a quarter of a million dollars for new Madolenihmw gym

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By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
November 4, 2016
Madolenihmw, Pohnpei—At a 1:00 ceremony on the grounds of Madolenihmw High School and the Madolenihmw Municipal Government building, officials from FSM, Pohnpei and the People’s Republic of China gathered to ceremonially break ground for a new Multi-Purpose Gymnasium.
Mayor Petrick Ringlen said that the new center will serve as a social center for the people of Madolenihmw. The municipality has had dreams to build a Gymnasium for over 20 years and they are excited to know that within 10 months that dream will finally come true.

The People’s Republic of China, through an Embassy discretionary grant donated $277,844.93 for the construction of the new facility which will be built by J&P Construction Company.
Mention was also made of an appropriation made by Pohnpei At-Large FSM Senator David Panuelo but he was not on hand at the ceremony and no details were disclosed on that allocation.
Several months ago, the People’s Republic of China donated a new garbage truck to Madolenihmw. During that ceremony, Senator Shelten Neth of the Pohnpei Legislature half-jokingly said that the donation was wonderful but that now he hoped the People’s Republic of China would consider building a gymnasium so that he would no longer have to explain to outsiders why a basketball game was rained out. He was on hand at today’s ceremony to thank the Chinese Embassy for their generous donation.
Mayor Ringlen accepted the donation on behalf of His Excellency Kerpet Hebel, Nahnmwarki of Madolenihmw who presided over the ground breaking.

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FSM’s Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lorin Robert also briefly and in impromptu fashion spoke of the relationship between the FSM and China.
Charge d’affaires LI Cuiying of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China also spoke of the special relationship.
The ceremony concluded with the symbolic turning over of sand on the site where the new gym will be.