HIT THE ROAD RUNNING: It's going to be another packed but fun event this Sunday. FILE PHOTO: PNGOC.
Residents in Port Moresby and several other centres will hit the road this Sunday, 11 June, for the 2017 Trukai Fun Run.
A sea of yellow Fun Run T-shirts is expected to flow through the assigned routes with thousands coming to enjoy the early morning event in support of Team PNG.
President of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee, Sir John Dawanincura praised Trukai Industries and other key corporate supporters of Team PNG in 2017, for making the event possible.
He thanked Trukai Industries for sponsoring 100,000 shirts for the Fun Run this year and acknowledged the organisations who purchased shirts at the auctions in Lae and Port Moresby.
Those who do not have a Fun Run shirt yet can buy one this Saturday, 10 June at the Waterfront shopping centre at Konedobu where there will be a major T-shirt sale starting at 10am. Team PNG athletes, SP Hunters players and North Queensland Cowboys, Matt Scott and Brent Tate will be available to meet the public.
Sir John encouraged the public to buy a shirt and be part of the Fun Run on Sunday.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of Trukai Industries who have been backing the Fun Run over the last 17 years. Their assistance has helped us to raise much needed funds for Team PNG to participate in numerous international sporting events,” he said.
“We also thank Air Niugini and IBS University who have encouraged more people to be a part of the event by giving opportunities to Papua New Guineans through their programmes and special offers as part of their support for the Fun Run.”
Sir John said the Trukai Fun Run needs the support of the corporate community, and that the PNGOC was elated with their response this year especially, for the highly successful Fun Run T-shirt auctions.
“I would like to acknowledge all the bidders and make a special mention of the top five bidders; Ramu Agri Industries, Traisa, Trukai Industries Ltd, Seeto Kui and Papindo for Lae, and; TruTru Wara, IBS University, SVS, Kina and Paradise Foods Ltd for Port Moresby,” Sir John said.
The official programme for this Sunday starts at 6am with the Fun Run itself at 6:30am.
“Come along and enjoy the morning walk (or run) with other residents of our city but most importantly, have fun.
“We are here to have a good time and also to support Team PNG!” he said.
This year Team PNG will be attending three events, the Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas and the Pacific Mini Games in Port Villa, Vanuatu.
“We have these three events to attend so it would be great to see the support of the PNG people this Sunday at the Fun Run,” Sir John said.
He said the team organizing the event is ready and are looking forward to making this Sunday morning a safe and an enjoyable one for the participants.
This year’s venue in Port Moresby is the Sir John Guise stadium at Waigani where the public will have access to sit in the outer stands while waiting for the start.
Those with vehicles can use the ‘Park & Ride Service’ provided by the National Capital District Commission, while others can be picked up along the main bus stops in the city. People are encouraged to wear their 2017 Trukai Fun Run T-shirt to have access to the transport.
There will be entertainment and an address by the Governor General of Papua New Guinea, Bob Dadae followed by a warm up session led by Team PNG athletes, members of the SP Hunters with North Queensland Cowboys, Matt Scott and Brent Tate before the Fun Run gets underway.
A combined force of volunteers, technical and medical teams, security personnel from police and the military, NCDC and grounds staff from the PNG Sports Foundation will be on hand to ensure that safety and security is observed. However, the drivers are urged to take note of the Fun Run route to avoid any inconveniences.
The Trukai Fun Run is a major fundraising event for the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee which raises much needed funds for Team PNG athletes to participate at international sporting events.
Funds are raised from the sale of T-shirts at the auctions and at selected locations around the country.
The shirts have been on sale since March following their auctions in Lae and Port Moresby. Those who have not bought a shirt can visit the RH Supermarket or City Pharmacy shops around the two centres.