By Jeremy Mogi – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
Transparency International PNG has announced that Team PNG will be leading the 9th annual Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk against Corruption.
The walk will be held on Sunday, on a circuit through a portion of the nation’s capital, and will consist of members of Team PNG alongside Transparency International’s members and corporate sponsors, and schools.
In thanking the support that has so far been received by various corporate organisations, schools and civil society groups, Board treasurer, Michelle Hau’ofa, expressed gratitude.
The Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against corruption had been established in 2007, with just over a thousand participants taking part in Port Moresby.
Over the past eight years however, the walk has grown to include other centres such as Kokopo, Kimbe and Lae.
As a non-government organisation, or NGO, Transparency International is heavily reliant on donor funds to carry out many of its core and project activities with the walk being a big source of revenue.
When acknowledging TI PNG’s role in the country, General Manager for Team PNG, Leith Isaac, commended their role and said that Team PNG athletes were also encouraged to stand for the same objectives in their own lives.
Support for the walk has seen 85 corporate teams, 63 schools and 6 civil society groups as well as 15 families and 12 sporting groups registered to take part.
So far, almost 3,000 people have been estimated to show.
In line with the spirit of the Pacific games, the theme for this year’s walk is “our country, our games, let’s run the straight race”.
Through the theme, TIPNG is calling for unity among Papua New Guineans for the 2015 Pacific Games and patriotic support for Team PNG.
TIPNG expressed hope that that same patriotic feeling shown by citizens during the games, is also expressed in their everyday lives in opposing corruption.