Wellington Hurricanes travel to Samoa

Wellington Hurricane players with Samoan Prime Minister, Samoan DV Team and Country Mentor Karen Smith

Wellington Hurricane players with Samoan Prime Minister, Samoan DV Team and Country Mentor Karen Smith

 

Wellington Hurricanes players travelled to Samoa for a week to  focus on assisting the NZ Police attachment to the Samoa Police Domestic Violence Unit, Karen Smith in raising the awareness that Domestic Violence is a crime with the campaign message, “Break the Silence, End the Violence”.

Players who travelled to Samoa included Samoan rugby stars Victor Vito, David Smith, Robert Fruean, Anthony Perenise, John Schwalger along with Piri Weepu and Alama Iremia as their mentor .

Steve Symonds the Professional Development Manager who along with Superintendent Karen Smith from the New Zealand Police, organised the week long trip, said  “the importance that this type of work is necessary in the overall development of professional rugby players and is part of their personal growth outside the game”.

Although the campaign was organised prior to the tsunami the boys added a trip to Lolamanu and the surrounding areas to see for themselves the devistation the tsunami had caused.  The boys just wanted to take some cheer and fun to the children of the effected areas.

The team also did some rugby training with the Samoa Rugby High Performance Unit, travelled to Apia Primary School, Fasitoo-tai Village and Primary School, Salailua Village in Savaii, Prince Edward Park for some sports activities along with selling the Domestic Violence message.

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