Walker in POM for golf day


FORMER St George Dragons, Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea eagles back Andrew Walker arrived in Port Moresby yesterday to take part in the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Day for the Gateway Children’s Fund on Friday.
Walker has the distinction of being Australia’s dual international having played rugby union for his country in 2000 after switching codes in at the end of 1999.
After 12 years in the NRL, Walker linked up with the champion Super Rugby side the ACT Brumbies – he also had a short stint with the Queensland reds in 2007.
He played for the Wallabies against the All Blacks, and also played a tour match against a Papua New Guinean side.
Andrew said: “I am honored to come and help the Gateway Children’s Fund in their work among some of the poorest young kids in PNG.”
Also attending the 3rd Annual Charity Golf Day is Jason Smith, former Olympian, Commonwealth Games gold medalist, and captain of NBA’s Sydney Kings basketball club.
Both Andrew and Jason have strong Christian faiths and are both committed to their local churches in Australia.
Speaking from Port Moresby, Chairman of Gateway Children’s Fund Pastor Rick Paynter said: “This is becoming a high quality event, where all players meet the sports celebrities. So come and play golf, enjoy free food, and drinks, and help us raise funds to help kids and families in PNG escape the cycle of poverty and have better lives”
The Gateway Children’s Fund is an accredited Child Development Agency, working with Global Development Group Project No. J739N, to release children from poverty in PNG.
It provides infant and maternal care, immunization, pre-school, literacy, elementary school, and community development (water and sanitation projects).
Another notable Australian sports celebrity who has come up to PNG for the charity was AFL’s Gold Coast Sun star Gary Ablett Jr.
For further information contact Ps Paynter on email: info@childrensfund.org.au.

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