Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) is pleased to welcome one of the Australian Volleyball members Rebecca Walter in Port Vila for 4 days to talk about the PSP funded program “Volley4Change” in Vila and Luganville.

As the National Participation Manager in charge of all the participation programs in Australia, including the management of the Australian PSP Program, Ms Walter’s visit in Port Vila is to meet with VVF President Debbie Masauvakalo, to discuss the Volley4change theory of change a PSP funded program by Australian Volleyball.

“The Purpose of the trip was a planning session to talk about the volley4change theory of change, and also to discuss where the project is going and what we can do over the next 12 months,” said Ms Walter.

“We are really determent that our focus is on women and girls and also people with disability, which means we can develop our programs to cater to those target groups,” she said.

With the V4C program happening in Santo and in Port Vila, it has helped plenty women to stay healthy at all times and in their involving in this program it helped stop high blood pressure and Sugar for some women who have this sickness.

“In some cases plenty of the participants of Volley4Change have been cured without medical treatment, when they get involved in this program,” said V4C coach Primrose Malon.

As beach volleyball is becoming more popular in Port Vila, VVF also had a lot of help from other organisation, such as a Health (Sick about NCD, soft drinks, junk food) check by a Baha’i centre volunteer nutrients, Nutrients session run by a participant of world vision.

“The World vision also talks about (Eating the right kind of food), they sometimes distribute some cook book recipe on cooking the right kind of healthy food to the mamas, who usually attended the programs for Volley4Change in Port Vila for them to eat and cook healthy food, ”said Malon.

“The opportunities that Volleyball can provide people not to just get physically fit and physically active but the opportunities for pathways through administration, coaching, refereeing or playing and Volley4change is a perfect example of what that offers to all people,” said Ms Walter.

Volley4Change Program is funded by the Pacific Sports Program (PSP) by Australian Aid DFAT, and is supported by Volleyball Australia and Oceania Volleyball Association (OZVA). This program is run in Santo, Port Vila and also in Tanna.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor


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