Port Moresby takes part in campaign


FIVE days before the Tokyo Paralympic Games opening ceremony, Team Up — an Australian government sports-for-development programme— co-hosted the Port Moresby event of the global #WeThe15 campaign on Thursday evening.
The programme saw the Apec Haus being illuminated in purple, the international colour of disability.
The campaign is a new human rights movement representing the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities, spearheaded by the International Paralympic Committee and International Disability Alliance.
During the launch, Team Up partnerships manager Andrew Lepani acknowledged the PNG Paralympic team and farewelled them before they departed on Saturday to join people with disabilities from all over the world to compete and showcase their talents at Tokyo Paralympic Games.
“The world has just finished watching the amazing performances of the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” he said.
“But in five days, the world will focus its attention to what I think would be more incredible feats of athletic ability, skill and passion.”
Team chef de mission Susanne Sere thanked Lepani for including the team in the programme.
“I would like to acknowledge the committee and alliance for spearheading this campaign, such powerful messages behind the campaign,” she said.
“I hope that those of us who are already in the movement can continue that from tonight (Thursday).”