Volley4change Shield to mark Women’s Day

Volley4change and Vanuatu Police Women will hold a friendly ‘Volley4change Shield’, tournament on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day.

This tournament will be an annual tournament for the Volley4change program. It will be staged at the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball court at Stade from 9am to 12.30 pm in Port Vila.

Sponsors for this tournament so far are Switi, Asco Motors, Cellovila and the Grand Hotel, with others to be confirmed. The Volley4Change Shield is donated by Vanuatu Police Force.

There will be a special presentation by women in the VPF and the Vanuatu Women’s Centre on Family Violence in Vanuatu and the Family Protection Act 2008. This presentation will be held at 9am, before the games begin.

Later in the day there will be a very special visit by the Australian High Commission Mrs Jenny Da Rin, who will be handing over the Volley4Change Shield to the Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF).

During the tournament, the Vanuatu Police Women will take on some of the local Mamas from Eratap, Mele and Mele Maat villages with some other teams to be confirmed.

Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) is now collecting groups of mamas who are interested in this event; there will be a maximum of at least 10 teams and it is free to enter. Groups of mamas interested in this event are advised to visit the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Court at Stade in Port Vila to register their teams.

Volley4change Shield tournament is open to the public to come and support their teams and grab some useful information out of the Vanuatu Woman Centre and Vanuatu Police Force.  The public are encouraged to engage with the Police women and those from the Vanuatu Women’s Centre.

It is their opportunity to find out about the Family Protection Act, what it means, why it is needed, and how it can help reduce violence against women in Vanuatu. There will also be information tents set up by Vanuatu Woman Centre and Police to give out information, brochures and flyers to the people watching the games and wanting to get more information on what the organisations do and how they can help.

Volley4Change is a Pacific Sports Programme by the Australian Government to promote the positive lifestyle changes through playing volleyball and also in helping to improve health quality in the communities in Vanuatu.