The Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee in partnership with City Pharmacy Limited’s flagship brand Jacks of PNG launched Team PNG’s Pacific Games supporting merchandise.
Sales has started in Port Moresby with other centres to follow.
Team PNG’s chef de mission Faye Zina Lalo called on the public to get behind the team by purchasing the merchandise, which a percentage of the sales would go to support the athletes.
Lalo said this would be a way that supporters in the country could stand behind Team PNG when they compete in Honiara in less than 25 days.
“A bit of what you pay comes back to supporting the athletes, so I appeal to all the supporters, all Papua New Guineans out there to please get behind Team PNG and purchase the merchandise,” said Lalo.
CPL’s general manager for people and culture Catherine Tawali said the apparels were designed to show support for the Pacific Games which signifies the games’ theme, “Challenge, Celebrate and Unite”.
“The official supporting merchandise plays a pivotal role in contributing to the success of this extraordinary event with the partnership between PNG Olympic Committee and us Jacks shows a powerful example of how sports can bring people together for a common cause,” said Tawali during the launch.
“They symbolise a nation’s support for its athletes and a celebration of the unity that sport can inspire.
“When we purchase the official supporting merchandise, we send forth a message of support, not just to our athletes, but to the profound themes that underpin this event. When you purchase the supporting merchandise, your contribution is reinvested to the growth and development of sports infrastructure and the success of our sports events.
“The Pacific Games symbolises the resilience of the Pacific community and the supporting merchandise is our means to participate in this remarkable journey,” she said. Meanwhile, PNGOC’s board member Michael Henao thanked Jacks for their partnership in producing the merchandise that would see the country rallying behind Team PNG.