Donating Sports Gear in Papua New Guinea and Zambia

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Late in 2012, I was contacted by Vicky Makeso from a Boxing Club in Port Moresby. She was chasing some second-hand boxing gear for the local gym because they had just one set of gloves for 30 students.

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Vicky Makeso checking out the gear donated by the Joe’s Boxing community!

We sent a big box of stuff up to them, and then in 2016, she touched base again looking for second-hand rugby jerseys for a team from her native village in the Eastern Highlands.

I emailed my database and am proud to say we sent 60 adult rugby jerseys and shorts up before Christmas, and in 2016 we delivered another load.

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On the 24th July, 2016, I was finally able to meet Vicky and hand over 40 rugby jerseys, shorts, and rugby balls. Subsequently, our fabulous student Stelio said he would do brand new jerseys for the team, and these went up December in 2017 and in January 2018 I went to Goroka to do an official handover of the gear to the Kunai Hawks,  to be greeted by the most amazing reception.

This chapter is now completed but I aim to do more for the people of PNG as it is Africa on our doorstep. If you want to get an experience of a lifetime we can arrange for a very small cost an amazing adventure and you can do some really good at the same time.

On May 13th, 2016, we also handed over 40 rugby jerseys and 20 sets of boots to the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, for a team called the ‘Young Blues’. This soccer team is from a poor area in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.

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4 Comments

  • Lucas Guarakai

    13/07/2018 @ 11:18 pm

    Wow I need this type of generosity, I am also struggling with some street kids in Wewak, PNG training boxing.
    We trained on a grass lawn in the backyard, What we really need are some protective gear, gloves, training focus pads and boxing shoes.
    The youths are eager to train, but equipment is a major concern.
    Sometimes we do bare fist sparing.
    Hope you can find someone to assist us.

    • Joe

      26/09/2018 @ 9:18 am

      Hi Lucas we will be happy to help I have sent you an email or email me at joe@joesboxing.com.au

    • Garick Mcdonald

      24/10/2019 @ 3:52 pm

      I have a few old footy jerseys I’d like to send to png nrl ones just cos I know how much you’s love the game

      • Joe

        15/11/2019 @ 5:04 pm

        Hi Garrick

        Sorry I have just seen this . If you would like to get them to me Joe’s Boxing 20/118 Queens Rd Five Dock NSW 2046 I will get them to PNG for you.

        Cheers

        Joe

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