Cricket PNG (CPNG) launched the All-Abilities Component of the “Kriket Blo Olgeta (KBO) Program” for the year at the Red Cross Special Resource Centre in Hohola, Port Moresby yesterday.
Launching the program this morning was a sign of CPNG’s appreciation towards the Red Cross Resource Centre for its support and commitment to the Program since its inception in 2014.
“The students have grown with the program, where I have seen firsthand students confidently playing cricket, understanding the rules and are now great Cricket Fans of our National Teams. I believe through this program we have driven positive changes to their mindset and also promote physical and mental health. Through this program we have shown the community that Cricket is a sport for all. This year marks the third year of the Kriket Blo Olgeta Program and Cricket PNG is so proud of having cricket as an all inclusive sport,” stated Susan Komang, KBO Program Coordinator.
Also, taking time out from their busy schedule, the Hebou PNG Barramundis Head Coach Dipak Patel, captain Assad Vala and fast bowlers Norman Vanua and Chad Soper were present to support the launch of the program and donated a few Cricket Shirts, Caps and shoes courtesy of Cricket New Zealand and Mizuno Shoes.
“We would like to thank the Centre for their support and I hope that the small donation will empower the students to keep playing cricket and aspire for these students to play for the Barramundis or Lewas one day and to represent their country in Cricket. I would also like to thank New Zealand Cricket and Mizuno Shoes for the donation of the cricket equipment,” said HEBOU PNG Barramundis Head Coach, Dipak Patel.
Mr. Joseph Kali, Red Cross Special Resource Centre Principal was grateful and expressed his appreciation to Cricket PNG, Cricket Zealand and Mizuno Shoes for the donation to his students.
“We would like to thank the Kriket Blo Olgeta Program for conducting this inclusive sports development program with the students. We are all now geared to be part of the cricket program once again,” said Mr Joseph Kali.
On behalf of the Kriket Blo Olgeta Program, Ms Komang also thanked Mr Patel for his initiative and extended her gratitude to Cricket New Zealand and Mizuno Shoes for their kind generosity to the Program.
This year the aim of the Program is to introduce hard ball cricket competitions for the clients, develop blind cricket and have the program conducted in our ten (10) cricket regions which includes National Capital District (NCD), Central, Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands, Madang, Miline Bay, West New Britain, Oro, Morobe and Jiwaka.
The KBO Program is an empowerment program that aims to boost confidence, self-esteem, build leadership traits. This program can help all members of society to contribute meaningfully and help build social cohesion.
The All Abilities Cricket Program is a sub-program under the KBO Program which is made possible through the Pacific Sports Partnership Program by the Australian Government. The Program is a sports development program targeting Persons with Special Needs
In 2016, CPNG conducted the All Abilities Cricket Program in four (4) regions in NCD, Madang, Western Highlands and Eastern Highlands with over 200 participating taking part in these regions.