Kume giving back to Blacks


FORMER Burleigh Bear Leeroy Kume is using his Queensland Intrust Super Cup experience to develop young talents at his club in the Goroka Rugby League competition.
The one-time Mendi Muruk and Tweed Heads Seagull left semi-professional rugby league a few years ago and was now playing for Western Blacks.
Kume told The National last month that violence and alcohol abuse were a problem in Goroka and other centres around the country.
The forward said he wanted to impart what he had learnt from playing rugby league overseas to youths in his community and help curb social problems.
“I want to use my exposure and give something back to youths in my community,” the former Port Moresby Viper said.
“We have to address issues like alcohol abuse and violence.
“I want to impart my rugby league experience to enable young man and woman to get involved in the game and do away with bad habits.”
Kume’s passion to engage with youths had recently secured sponsorship for Blacks.
Dilu Okuk donated a set of jerseys to the club’s A-grade side.
Kume said their B-grade and women’s sides would also receive their jerseys soon.
“We appreciate Okuk for the support,” he said.
“He also paid our player registration and affiliation fees, so we are grateful and excited.”
Okuk said he was motivated by Kume’s efforts to engage with youths positively.
“I am inspired by Kume’s passion to help youths in his area of Goroka,” he said.
“When I was asked for support, I was more than happy to do so, as their patron and sponsor.”