Vanuatu Cricket Association awarded certificates to 27 women from Beverly Hills community to mark the closing of the 20 weeks Island Cricket Program and appreciate the commitment and faithful participation from the mamas in the 20 weeks Island Cricket Program which aims to improve women’s health through sports.

During the 20 weeks, Beverly Hills Mamas have been through Medical check-ups, attended 6 nutritional classes at Wan Smol Bag nutrition centre and they have been involved in cervical cancer and nutrition awareness facilitated by Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The beautiful mamas also started their own ‘Gardening Project’ to help motivate them to grow their own organic vegetables as part of their NCD reduction program.

At the end of the 20 weeks program, the mamas went through a last medical check-up and the results show that all participants have reduced blood sugar and blood pressure levels and significant weight loss.

Rokota Albert, a participant of the 20 weeks program from Beverly Hills expressed her gratitude by acknowledging the Vanuatu Cricket Association for running this program which has helped a lot of the women involved to treasure their health and look after the health of their families.

“I am grateful and very happy that the Vanuatu Cricket saw the need of our beautiful mothers and decided to run this wonderful program which brought all of us mamas involved out of the kitchen and into a cricket field to participate in the sport while also learning how we can protect our families from NCD’s,” said Ms Albert.

This program is proudly run and coordinated by Amelia Lawac, the Women’s Development Supervisor who is very passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of women in Vanuatu through Cricket.

This program would however, be unsuccessful without the support of the stakeholders namely Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA), Wan Smol Bag (WSB) and the Ministry of Health.

The VCA would also like to express their gratitude and acknowledgement for the Australian Government for their support and funding through the Pacific Sports Partnership Pr ogram.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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