ParePlim promotes Suicide Awareness

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5 Oct 2017

A great Community night at the club on Friday 25/9 with a rugby game hosted by the club to raise awareness of suicide.

The event kicked off with a junior ripper rugby game where our junior talent was on display. The future is looking good!

A kids corner was also set up in the club rooms where Early Childhood Educators in training had activities for the kids with art and face painting.

The main game was a great spectacle of running rugby with some fine form shown by the ParePlim Barbarians, a team made up of Premier players to Presidents.

To raise awareness of the effects of suicide in our community, the club hosted a team of players who are friends, work colleagues and family to victims of suicide called the Wellington City Bears. 

The aftermatch function was focused on raising funds for charitable organisation Le Va who do some great work with communities in suicide prevention and providing support to other community social services.   

Le Va partners with services and organisations who deliver mental health, addiction, public health, suicide prevention and general health and wellbeing services to develop flourishing communities. As an organisation they focus on solutions for Pasifika families and individuals.

The night before the rugby match, Le Va delivered a 3 hour workshop at the club rooms to local Porirua social workers, community leaders and others committed to creating a better Porirua community.

The workshops main objective was to equip families & communities with tools to prevent suicide through building resilience in our youth and being aware of the signs of suicidal thoughts in someone. The workshop also provided guidance on how to respond when suicide happens.

Club Chairman Dave Ives attended, "Suicide is in every community and New Zealand has the highest in the OECD for youth suicide. As a rugby club we have access to many young male and female lives, so hosting this workshop was important to us"

At the game aftermatch, primary organisers Evan and Anne Saolele-Leali'ifano were pleased to handover to representatives from Le Va a cheque for funds raised of $2,570.30!!

Thank you to everyone who contributed!!

Great work by the organisers and also to those who came along and supported the event. Such a great feeling being in the club that showed the generous and supportive community that ParePlim Rugby is a part of!!

Special thanks must go to those businesses/individuals that gave generously to support the event:
  • Moana Road
  • BLK
  • New World Mana
  • New World Whitby 
  • New World Porirua 
  • 24/7 Fitness 
  • Paknsave 
  • Porirua 
  • NZ Management Academies
  • GoSupps
  • Aso To'elau Family 
  • Professional rugby player Angus Ta'avao who donated a Taranaki rugby jersey signed by the team. 

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