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Volley4Change connects with communities on Father Lini Day
February 25, 2016


Volley4Change (V4C) used a mixed tournament on Father Lini Day, to connect with various communities in Luganville.  The tournament was set up to help get across key messages about the V4C program, like the increasing health challenges faced by communities through NCDs and how V4C with its partners could help them make changes[U1]  to help reduce NCDs in their communities.  The aim of forming a V4C league was also shared, for the purpose of helping our women and youth remain physically active once the program moves to another community.

The first & second prize went to two teams from Chapius - Tambea and Frangipani respectively while the third prize was won by Mango.  V4C thanks all the teams for the commitment they all made to take part in this Tournament and looks forward to more positive connections in the future.  V4C is also very grateful for the support it receives from VVF, the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP), Australia’s DFAT, Australia Volleyball Federation (AVF) and Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association (OZVA).  The funding and expertise received from these organizations made this tournament a reality.


Volley4Change in Solway- Narara Community, Luganville 
25 February, 2015

Volley4Change (V4C) launched its program with a third community in Santo on 24 February in Luganville when a group of about 24 women, men and youth from Solway-Narara came together to improve existing volleyball skills and gain new ones from Coach Stanley Toa. The women from Solway-Narara have chosen to include a small group of males in their program because they believe it gives their youth healthy alternatives to anti-social behavior like drinking too much kava or alcohol, smoking marijuana or criminal activities. They also believe that playing volleyball together as a community helps men learn to respect and value the women in their community.

In addition to the volleyball fitness training, the Solway-Narara participants also had basic health screening conducted by staff from the NDH and are arrangements to voluntarily donate blood to the NDH Blood Bank.

We acknowledge the support provided by VVF, the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP), Australia’s DFAT, Australia Volleyball Federation (AVF) and Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association (OZVA).  Without their support and additional partnerships, our participants would not have access to expertise to help them make better choices for their community’s health.
 


Volley4Change launches its program at Mango, Luganville 
February 19, 2016


Volley4Change launched its program on 17 February in Luganville Santo, with a group of about 24 enthusiastic women from the Mango community.  The program started with Volleyball training provided by two coaches, Rosendale Mata and Stanley Toa.  
The Mango Women’s Committee were keen join this program to improve the self-worth of many of their young mothers.  Mango is also where the grandmothers of current National Beach Volleyball Champions, Miller Pata and Linline Mansale, are residing.  They are so proud of these young role models and are hoping that participating in the V4C program will help ensure that more young mothers from their community will aspire to live healthier lives.
During the program, participants will attend Volleyball training, fitness sessions, Nutrition Awareness Classes conducted by the nutritionist from Northern District Hospital (NDH), Lawrence Nimoho and basic Health checks provided by nurses from the NDH.  In response eight participants from Mango decided to donate blood to the NDH blood bank.  
Volley4Change is a program implemented by Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) and supported by the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP), Australia’s DFAT, Australia Volleyball Federation (AVF) and Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association (OZVA).
 


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