The event especially aims to advocate against gender-based violence through PNG Tribal Foundation’s ‘Senisim Pasin’ campaign.
The friendly game is an initiative of Advisor to the PNG – Australia Police Partnership (APP), Sergeant Dean Saddler, and SP PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum.
The ‘Senisim Pasin’ campaign is a strategic initiative of the PNG Tribal Foundation in alliance with the National Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development (StaRS).
“Michael (Marum) and I started discussions late last month on playing a game of touch footy between the Hunters and the PNG and Australia Police personnel to build community goodwill,” said Saddler.
“We quickly realised that with the Hunters’ huge fan base throughout the country, it was the perfect opportunity to engage them with a program that benefits our communities.
“So in partnership with the PNG Tribal Foundation, we have engaged the Hunters’ staff and players as advocates for the campaign.”
Marum said he was happy to involve the SP Hunters in community and charity initiatives.
“The ‘Senisim Pasin’ campaign is important to every individual in PNG and we support such initiatives where we hope it brings changes to the lives of our people,” said Marum.
PNG Tribal Foundation Director of Operations, Michelle Hau’ofa, said she was excited at the opportunity to engage such powerful advocates for the campaign.
She said it presents the darkness of violence in a manner geared to inspire hope and change by highlighting the value women bring to society, the positive work already being done to address GBV, and by giving real life examples of survival, redemption and the power of changed lives.
“We work in partnership with all of society to eradicate violence, so to have our nation’s heroes, the mighty PNG Hunters, as advocates for our collective anti-violence message, sends a powerful message to our people that violence is wrong and that we must work together to keep our communities safe for everyone,” said Hau’ofa.
PNG Tribal Foundation will show the ‘Senisim Pasin’ film to the SP Hunters, the combined police team and invited guests. This will be followed by a game of touch rugby between the SP Hunters and the staff of the RPNGC and AFP.