Hundreds in morning walk against violence


Yesterday morning’s Walk for Life was dedicated to the elimination of violence in sport, in the wake of the post-match violence which marred the Digicel Cup preliminary final between Mt Hagen Eagles and the Agmark Gurias.
The spill over effects of the violence lead to the death of Gurias fan Joe Pidik, who leaves behind a wife and child.
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop used the weekly walk to send a message to the people of the Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea that violence in all its forms should not be allowed to take root in our societies.
In consolidation with Governor Parkop the Minister of Sports and National Events Justin Tkatchenko, PNGRFL chairman Sandis Taska, Hunters and PNGRFL chief executive oficer Bob Cutmore and PNG Hunters and Kumuls coach Michael Marum joined the residents of Port Moresby who turned out in large numbers – an estimated 3000 – to walk from the Jack Pidik Park to Ela Beach on a earlier morning walk which started at 6am.
They were joined by women’s groups from around the city, and by the co-workers of the late Joe Pidik from The Port Moresby Betting Shop.
Speaking to the people who gathered at the end of the walk, Governor Parkop urged them to take a stand against violence “because it is not enough when leaders speak out against violence”.
He said violence would only end when “we ourselves recognise that this behaviour is destroying our people, ourselves, our country”.
“Violence in this country breeds fear, as a result of this fear people are deterred from investing in this country, tourists are afraid to visit,” Parkop said.
“In the end it is us, the people of this country who suffer the most from violence, because violence impedes development.”
Tkatchenko echoed Parkop’s sentiments. “We must never forget about what happen Joe Pidik, we have to learn from this tragic event and ensure that this doesn’t happen again,” Tkatchenko said.

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