By Jeremy Mogi – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
Cricket PNG today with service providers, St Johns and Red Cross celebrated the International Day of Disabled Persons.
120 participants took the nets for a game of cricket with current Barramundis and Lewas players.
While it was fun and games for all, a more important factor was looked at during the Celebration of International Day of People With Disability.
Embarking on supporting social inclusion and integration, Cricket PNG have incorporated Criket Bilong Olgeta, a program that enables people with special needs to participate and play cricket.
Social inclusion and integration are the two major challenges that people with special needs face.
With over a base of 60 clients in Port Moresby, the PNG Red Cross have been running their Integration, Client Based Rehabilitation and Education Unit programs to facilitate people with special needs and educate their family and carers’.
More National Sporting bodies are encouraged to take a step and not only support breaking a stigma but educate families, guardians and communities of assisting the transition of people with special needs in their communities nationwide.
With the inclusion of Para Sport in the recent BSP 6thPNG Games, vice chairperson of the National Board of Disabled Person’s, Ruth Sangkol, is sentimental of the successof participation in field events and is enthusiastic that wheelchair basketball, swimming and road race be included in the next PNG Games.