2019 HEVEA CUP CARNIVAL
& WELLNESS EXPO
Grass Skirt Project launched the Inaugural International Rugby League 9's Hevea Cup & Wellness Expo over 2 days on International Women's Day, March 8th & 9th, 2019 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to great success.
With over 40 stalls, training and education workshops, high profile athlete appearances, a dedicated kids section and rugby league tournament, the 2019 Hevea Cup Carnival & Wellness Expo was a huge success!
24 teams of men and women came together to play PNG's beloved national sport in the Hevea Cup Carnival while celebrating the vital role of women in PNG.
The NCDC Dragons won the women's division defeating the Paga Panthers womens team 14 - 12 while the men's division was taken out by the Taurama Magpies with the victors defeating the mens
Paga Panthers 18 - 10.
The Hevea Cup Wellness Expo saw Grass Skirt Project partnering with over 2o NGOs, non-profits and community organisations to introduce the Hevea Passport - an incentivised wellness initiative for all participants providing access to, and education around, personal, family and community health. 10 lucky winners took home over K30,000 in prizes.
Grass Skirt Project would like to thank the sponsors and partners of the
2019 Hevea Cup Carnival & Wellness Expo.
Sport is a language that transcends barriers. It is a proven and powerful vehicle for social change.
At Grass Skirt Project we believe that sport can also play a fundamental role in the elimination of gender-based violence.
Founded by a female weightlifter of mixed heritage; a woman whose own aspirations challenged the ideas of what it means to be a strong female in a modern context, Grass Skirt Project has evolved from an organisation collecting and distributing pre-loved sporting equipment to disadvantaged communities in Papua New Guinea into an important voice for women's empowerment and a key player in community building initiatives around Papua New Guinea.
Our core objectives are the promotion of gender equality, elimination of gender-based violence, empowerment of women and girls and the building of stronger, more resilient communities around and through participation in sport.
We partner with local organisations to deliver training, education programs and events to participating athletes and community. We also engage local ambassadors and support PNG sporting organisations through strategic partnerships to provide pathways into high performance sport for athletes; developing talent and creating positive role models.
Grass Skirt Project has identified new opportunities to both refine and expand our programs by focusing on unique concepts that compliment each other and run in tandem. In addition to our Hevea Cup Carnival and Wellness Expo, we will very shortly be launching our Art Prize and Community Centre initiatives.
Our Equipment Donation Drives are at the heart of our organisation and we will continue sourcing and distributing quality equipment to enable all Papua New Guineans to participate in sport.
When we exclude women, everyone pays the price.
When we include women, the whole world wins.
- Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations