&ldquo’Strong Men Respect Womenrdquo; wasthe positive message echoed duringthe Prime Minister’s XIII match in Kokopo.
Members ofthPM’s XIII visited St. Mary’s Hospital andthe Family and Sexual Violence Unitoto spreadthe message.
The Australian anPNG Rugby League contingent delivered messages onthetheme: &ldquo’Strong Men Respect Womenrdquo; in Kokopo, beforethe annual Prime Minister’s XIII match.
The match was vital for both teams beforethe 2013 Rugby LeagueWorld Cup.
They were welcomed by Nurses at Mary’s Hospital; a one Hundred percent female training school with up to 90 students’taking up general nursing in a 3 year program.
The visiting team and Australian High Commission Executives donated statoscopes tothe Nursing school.
“It’s really great to see allthe young ladies intheir blue and white uniforms. It’s really pleasing to see that you take so much pride in what you’re about to do and what you’re about to embark on. It’s wonderful that you will become nurses very shortly and we respect that,” AustraliaPM’s XIII, Be nt Tate toldthe nursing students’
ThPM’s XIII team were given a tour ofthe St Mary’s facilities and given a brief ofthe workthey do.
AUSAID Head of Aid in PNG Stuart Schaefer reiteratedthe importance of addressing family and sexual violence in homes and comminutes throughout. And what better way to drive that message home by using Rugby League heroes.
The visit to Kokopo Police station wasthe highlight ofthe day.
The final visit was to Vunabosco Beys School where hundreds of students’stood and sat in line, to listen attentively totheir very own local hero, Ase Beas whose booked a final spot on Team Kumul totheWorld Cup.
“Men who don’t hit women are strong men. Be a men and respect women,” Beas toldthe students’
Rugby League players can set a positive example for what it means to be a strong man hats off tothe Australian and PNPM’s XIII, for helping drivethe message home atthe community level.
Caption: Mark Mexico, PNPM’s XIII member meetingthe Nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kokopo.
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