Commission bringing athletes together

first_imgThis is one of the main ideas behind many of the programs hosted by the PNGAC, like the Athletes Fun Day that was held this month with the theme ‘Sports To Educate’.More than 70 athletes turned up on the day.Participating organisations included the Port Moresby General Hospital / Youth Blood Drive, Institute of Business Studies, Electoral Commission, High Performance Sport PNG (PNGSF), Sustainable Coastlines PNG, Kreativ Kanaka and Voice Inc. PNG.Information booths were set up to educate athletes on a number of things including, how to vote in next year’s national elections, family planning and sexual and reproductive health and the Sustainable Development Goals. There was also a blood drive which saw athletes donate blood to help save lives. The athletes also had their CVs registered for employment opportunities.PNGAC Chairperson, Karo Lelai, thanked the athletes for turning up and participating in the event and encouraged them to get as much information as they could.“This is for the athletes and we encourage them to make use of the opportunity as well as to have fun and share their experiences with others,” said Lelai.She also thanked Theodist, bmobile, PSI, Bank South Pacific, InterOil and National Gaming Control Board for supporting the event with prizes, as well as Ela Murray International School for allowing the use of their venue.“PNG athletes sacrifice a lot of their time and effort training and competing for their country. Many times they struggle with funds and resources to help them. Despite that, they continue to do what they love, playing their sport,” Lelai said.“The Fun Day aims to bring them together to enjoy the day and have the opportunity to learn new things and share experiences in a team environment.“Some athletes are not fortunate to have access to the kind of information that was delivered on the Fun Day, that is why it was important to bring them together and to get educated too, in a fun way,” said Lelai.last_img

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