The boys of Kokopo in Rabaul wearing their new Filby's Motors t-shirts.
The boys of Kokopo in Rabaul wearing their new Filby's Motors t-shirts.

Junior league helping PNG

THE Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby club has just discovered their donated football gear has found a new home in Papua New Guinea.

About a year ago the club made a decision to send to PNG football boots, jerseys and head gear.

Photos last week of players from Kokopo, Rabaul, on the north coast of Papua, wearing Filby's Motors gear have emerged and the club was happy it had finally arrived.

Laney Scott-Young of the club said the gear would have been donated to St Vincent De Paul if an opportunity didn't arise to send it to the league-mad island nation.

Ethan Hoffmann, Ryan Giles, Destin Lafituanai, Kaelen Lafituanai, Connor McDermid and Dylan Hoffmann.
Ethan Hoffmann, Ryan Giles, Destin Lafituanai, Kaelen Lafituanai, Connor McDermid and Dylan Hoffmann.

"I would rather it go to people who really need it," she said.

Ms Scott-Young said she knew someone who travelled to PNG for work and was also a keen supporter of the club.

She said the gear was meant to go to junior players but, as the photos of the PNG players revealed, this did not happen.

"But this is just the way things work in Papua New Guinea," she said acceptingly.

The families of the adult players wearing the Filby's Motors t-shirts would have got something, she added.

Before the sending of the footy gear last year she said the children of the club were excited to feel like they were helping those less fortunate.

"As soon as we said it was going to Papua New Guinea everybody kept bringing other stuff," she said. Hearing of the safe arrival of the gear, she said everyone at the club meeting "was so thrilled".


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