Digicel backs Special Olympics PNG ahead of Games


Digicel Papua New Guinea is delighted that Team PNG are travelling to Abu Dhabi to compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games from March 14-21.
Digicel has sponsored the team with uniforms and travel insurance.
Senior vice-president Lorna McPherson said Digicel PNG was proud to be affiliated with the Special Olympics (SO) PNG.
“Digicel has a long-standing partnership with Special Olympics across all its markets,” McPherson said.
“Special Olympics is close to the heart of Denis O’Brien, chairman of Digicel Group and patron of Digicel PNG Foundation, so we are delighted to partner with SO PNG and wish all our athletes the best of luck and success as they participate in this year’s games.
“While our athletes are there, we encourage them to fly the PNG flag high and be proud to represent us.
“We know that our team will display PNG’s rich culture and heritage through the unique and stylish uniforms designed by local designer, Tabu Pelei Warupi.
“We also recognise the importance of mitigating risk, especially when travelling abroad and part of Digicel’s sponsorship is paying for travel insurance to ensure that our athletes, coaches and officials are covered.”
Special Olympics PNG president Takale Tuna expressed gratitude to Digicel for the contribution.
“We’re thankful to Digicel for being a partner of Special Olympics PNG and for supporting Team PNG with the uniforms and travel insurance,” he said.
“We were in urgent need of these two items and Digicel responded to our request immediately.
“The journey to the games began last year with major fundraising efforts and today’s farewell is the culmination of all of those activities.”
Special Olympics PNG is sending a 24-person contingent consisting of 15 athletes, eight officials and one head of delegation.
They will be competing in the men’s seven-a-side football, athletics and bocce.
More than 7000 athletes from more than 170 countries will compete at the games.