THE Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU) found a friend in the Australian government.
Through its Direct Aid Program, the Aussie government allocated a grant of P1 million (AUD$ 26,750) to support PRFU's plan toput up a team with equal male-female participation (around 16,000 boys and girls) all over 340 public elementary and high schools in Davao City to compete in touch rugby festivals.
Gracing the turnover was Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely, who was joined by PRFU managing director Matt Cullen, senior development officer Rose Lanticse, and members of the Lady Volcanoes.
“Australia is pleased to support the PRFU in its ‘Touch Rugby: A Sport For All’ program that encourages young men and women to get active in sports,” the ambassador said.
“Gender equality is central to economic and human development and Australia is steadfast in its commitment to be at the forefront of efforts to promote the empowerment of girls globally and in our region, including through sports,” Gorely added.
The Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program provides funding of up to P2.8 million to support women’s initiatives and business activities.
Since 2005, Australia has provided P 21.5 million (AUD $584,000) to 54 women’s projects through the said program.
“This grant to PRFU is part of Australia’s broader objective to promote sports for development, and engage young people in communities to help them learn the value of leadership, teamwork, fair play, and discipline at an early age,” said Gorely.
“Australia has a remarkable international sporting pedigree and is internationally recognised as a consistent, high-performing sporting nation. Through grants like this, Australia is able to leverage our sporting credentials to engage with our partners like the Philippines.
“Promoting the universal values of sport help build trust between countries and bring people together.”