By Godwin Eki – EMTV Sports, Port Moresby
The Ministry of Community Development and Religion presented a cheque of K10,000 to the PNG Body Building Federation (PNGBBF) yesterday. The funds will go towards the hosting of the National Championships in Port Moresby on June 9, 2018.
In partnership with Community Development and Religion Ministry, PNGBBF will support the addressing of violence against women and children. This year’s National Body Building Championships will be used to promote and speak out against the chronic problem of violence against women.
With twelve member associations in the country with both men and women preparing for the nationals, the message to carry and pass on will be to stop violence against women and children.
PNGBBF Secretary, Elisha Kiddie, said PNGBBF will work with the Ministry of Community Development and Religion to address this grave problem that is affecting the country, especially the younger generation. The event will be used to educate the public on domestic violence which remains a continuing challenge in the country.
PNGBBF Marketing Manager, Elizabeth Bradshaw, said bodybuilding athletes like any other sport face difficulties, but continue to stride higher. Bradshaw said this is a privilege Community Development and Religion has come on board to support.
Treasurer, Marry Ann Sakarisa also shared similar sentiment towards the bodybuilders, saying it has been a struggle, but this is now coming to fruition. As a sport and in its nature, Bodybuilding is against any form of violence in sports, dealing directly with the human body and the physical beauty of human anatomy. The bodybuilders are prepared to join the fight to eradicate all forms of violence against women and children who are most vulnerable in the society.
Secretary for Community Development and Religion, Anna Solomon, says it is just the beginning to see a sporting federation partner with CD&R to fight violence against women and children. Bodybuilding has been advocating good health for citizens of the country and has pledged to do everything in its power to fight the battle.