TEAM PNG SUPPORT: PNGOC Chairman of Fundraising, Syd Yates (left) and National Sales and Marketing Manager for Trukai Industries, Andrew Daubney with PNG athletes students displaying the Trukai Fun Run T-shits for 2017. PHOTO: A. Molen/ PNGOC.
The Trukai Fun Run for 2017 was launched today in Port Moresby by the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee with support from Trukai Industries.
The launch also featured the revealing of Fun Run shirt designs for 2017 which were modelled by Team PNG athletes and school children.
Trukai Industries is sponsoring PNGOC with 100,000 shirts this year which it aims to sell as many as possible.
PNG Olympic Committee’s Chairman of Fundraising, Syd Yates said the Trukai Fun Run is an important event that greatly assists in developing Papua New Guinea’s elite athletes through training and competition at international events at home and abroad.
“The PNG Olympic Committee greatly relies on funds raised through the sale of Trukai Fun Run shirts to support our Team PNG athletes competing at the Pacific, Commonwealth and the Olympic Games,” he said.
Team PNG’s focus this year is on attending the Pacific Mini Games in Port Villa, Vanuatu in December and it aims to sell as many shirts as possible to raise the much needed funds for the team.
The Trukai Fun Run shirts will be sold to organizations during auctions in Port Moresby and Lae. Those who purchase the shirts have the opportunity to put their logo on the shirts and donate to a school or institution of their choice. The school can resell the shirts at a price not more than K10 to those interested in participate in the Fun Run.
The shirt auctions will be held in Lae and Port Moresby on March 8 and 9 respectively and interested organisations can contact Trukai Industries or the PNG Olympic Committee to register.
2017 also marks the 18th year for Trukai Industries as the major sponsor of the event. With Trukai’s partnership and support, the Fun Run has spread to more centres in Papua New Guinea giving more people the chance to participate in the nationwide event and at the same time spread the message of healthy living and national pride.
Trukai’s National Marketing Manager, Maybellyn Fernandes called on local organisations across the country to partner with the PNGOC and Trukai to host the Fun Run event in their local towns, while also urging the public and the private sector to attend the fundraising auctions in Lae and Port Moresby.
“The auctions will provide organisations the opportunity to support our fundraising drive through the bidding of Fun Run T-Shirts for selected schools. The T-Shirts have been specifically designed so that organisations can place their brand on the front-centre-most section of the shirts; Prime advertising real estate for what has become iconic T-Shirts that are worn for many years after the event,” Fernandes said.
“The T-Shirts secured during the auction will help not only Team PNG but also schools which they are bid for. Schools are able to earn additional income through the on-selling of donated T-Shirts to fund important school projects.
“When you buy a Fun Run T-shirt, you’re not only helping Team PNG, your also helping our children improve their learning, equipping their schools with better tools to provide a quality education,” she said.
Yates thanked Trukai for their continuing support of Team PNG and PNG Olympic Committee and encouraged everyone to buy a shirt to participate in the event which will be held on 11 June.
Papua New Guinea swimmer, Ryan Pini also thanked Trukai for their support of the Fun Run and appealed to organizations to purchase shirts in support of Team PNG athletes.
“Through your support Papua New Guinea athletes such as myself were able to represent our country on many occasions, striving to better ourselves and influence positive change with our experience,” he said.
The Fun Run is the biggest Sport-for-all event in Papua New Guinea and has a wide spread benefit for all.
While the funds raised in the auctions goes to Team PNG, schools that sell the shirts keep the money for their own projects. The shirts also carry awareness messages on them which in 2017 is a campaign by Trukai called “I Love My Trukai,” while the refreshing morning activity is a great exercise for everyone.