The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will tomorrow head to Papua New Guinea and Kavieng as part of a community and development program, promoting the game of rugby league.
After a successful trip last year, NRL players Mitch Brown, Tim Browne, the recently retired Steve Turner, a number of young up and coming stars plus staff members will again head to the nation with the aim to give as much support across as many areas as possible.
The work will include providing maintenance at local village schools, educating communities on important health issues such as HIV as well as running rugby league clinics for the sports mad kids of the region. The group will also make a special trip to Nehemiah Christian High School where they will construct a new classroom for use by all in the community.
The traveling group will visit a number of schools and rugby league clubs, holding clinics and passing on as much knowledge as possible to aid the growth of the game and generally lend a hand wherever possible.
Winger Mitch Brown is keen to be heading back to the nation for a second time to build on the work that he had started last year.
It was a real eye opener when we were over there last year, he said. Im sure we will see a number of familiar faces when we arrive and it will be great to get out into the villages and lend a hand wherever we can.
Whether it be any construction help they need or just having a kick around with the footy, it will bring a lot of smiles to the faces of people over there and I get a lot of enjoyment out of seeing others happy and enjoying themselves.
The Bulldogs would like to extend a very big thank you to Canterbury League Club, ACPE, Goddard and Tyne for their assistance with this very important and worthwhile community project. Special mention must also go to Kavieng Hotel, Lissenung Island and Nusa Island Resorts who will be hosting the Bulldogs throughout the visit.