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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Jessie Joe Project appeals for shirts for PNG

Whitehaven RL is aiming to help youngsters out in Papua New Guinea thanks to a new project set up with the aid of international star Jessie Joe Parker.

Jessie Joe Parker photo
Jessie Joe Parker

The Jessie Joe Project hopes to send rugby kits and replica shirts out to Papua New Guinea, with the help of the people of west Cumbria.

Haven directors Steve Nicholson and Paul Nelson are the driving forces behind the project, along with Parker and they are appealing to fans and local amateur clubs to help them out with kits.

“Last season we raised funds to get a Whitehaven kit for the team Jessie coaches in Port Moresby, the Liagam Brothers, who now play under the name of Whitehaven Liagam Brothers in their competition, in appreciation to the club,” explained Nicholson.

“We know via Jessie and others in the RL world that even though PNG is mad keen on Rugby League, the people who play it are very poor and struggle to get playing strips.”

Jessie added: “The kids in my home village Ialibu, in the southern highlands, have nothing other than the clothes on their backs and would be over the moon to get replica shirts as they just love rugby league.

“The teams in and around Ialibu and the team I coach in Port Moresby play in makeshift kits and any full kits would be a great boost to the players and teams over in my homeland.

The project is appealing to fans and clubs to donate old playing kits and replica shirts (for both adults and children). In addition to this they are also looking for sponsorship for transport costs. This will be the biggest obstacle for the project, as shipments cost around £200 per square metre.

“We will also be needing vacuum bags (XL) to put kit and shirts in and these are available through a wide range of suppliers,” added Nicholson.

The project already has a good start as Haven fan Peter Tyson has been collecting for some time. People can donate anything they wish until the end of July.

If you wish to donate please drop off your goods at the club or contact the club to arrange collection on 01946 328088.

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