A 20-foot container with 250 cartons of donated equipment, apparel, guernseys and giveaway items is bound for Papua New Guinea to assist over 100,000 participants to take part in Australian rules footy.
AFL Queensland and AFL NSW/ACT, with the support of over 25 community football clubs from Cairns to Sydney is making the following donations to the AFL South Pacific FootyAid program. The NAB AFL Auskick team, along with the Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast SUNS and Sydney Swans have also provided giveaway items.
- 1645 jerseys (junior to senior; roughly 70 sets)
- 123 pairs of football boots
- Over 1000 footballs (synthetic and leather)
- 640 pairs of footy shorts (this supports 25 football sides)
- Over 3500 NAB AFL Auskick training t-shirts
- Over 700 AFL polo shirts
- Over 100 umpire match day kits (shirts/shorts)
And much more!
AFL International Development Manager, Ben Drew, who has been collecting and sending donated equipment and apparel through the AFL South Pacific FootyAid program for 10 years, said he was thrilled to see another container headed for PNG.
“This will be the fourth container to AFL PNG and there has been two to AFL Fiji, one to AFL Vanuatu and numerous pallets uplifted to AFL Nauru as well as donations reaching AFL Tonga and AFL Solomon Islands,” he said.
“The continuous support from community footballs clubs, apparel partners as well as AFL QLD, AFL NSW/ACT and the NAB AFL Auskick team is amazing. All of the donated equipment, jerseys, apparel and giveaway items go a long way and assist in the development of our great game across the South Pacific Region.
“I know that the team at AFL PNG Development are extremely grateful to all the wonderful community football clubs who have donated. These donations, once they arrive in Port Moresby will be split up and sent across PNG to the six development regions, assisting over 100,000 participants to enjoy our great game in Papua New Guinea annually.”
The container, which left from Brisbane, is currently sailing in the South Pacific Ocean and is due to land in PNG in the coming weeks.
AFL PNG Programs:
- Smart Start Niukick (NAB AFL Auskick) school and community program,
- Pilai Long Senis (Play for Change) GBV community education program (partnership with the PNG Tribal Foundation),
- Youth and Senior Leagues (male and female); 7 x senior / 6 x youth,
- National Talent Academy; U15 – U18 (male and female)
AFL PNG Partners:
- Paradise Foods
- Australian High Commission (PNG/Aus Partnership)
- PNG Tribal Foundation
- Pacific/Aus Sports
- PNG SF
- High Performance Sport PNG
- Tribal Sport
- HART Sport