By ISAAC LIRI
NORTH Queensland Cowboys will be now involved in a new partnership in Papua New Guinea.
The partnership is with the James Cook University PNG alumni network that will work on raising funds and carrying out awareness to benefit the community.
JCU has close ties with the North Queensland Cowboys and as a NRL club that has frequent visits to PNG through business, following recent talks, the team will be supporting JCU’s alumni in PNG with their fundraising efforts.
JCU in Townsville has nearly 600 alumni members born and living in PNG and the partnership was launched with a framed Cowboys jersey signed by current players.
JCU’s alumni and community development officer Damien Watson said the framed jersey would be used as a catalyst for all fundraising efforts.
“I am very sure a framed Cowboys jersey is going to bring a lot of support knowing Papua New Guinea is a country that loves rugby league,” Watson said.
Cowboys general manager for commercial business Jeff Reibel said the success of sporting clubs was based on partnerships and leadership and referred to the launch of the partnership as one of the many partnerships that would be fruitful in the years to come.
“We know this partnership will benefit Papua New Guinea in development through the alumni’s fundraising activities,” Reibel said.
Reibel thanked the alumni group for the opportunity to work together using their team as a promoter on behalf of the Cowboys.
Reibel said his clubs other successful partnership was with Trukai Industries Limited.
By ISAAC LIRI