NZ Rugby players in Guam selling “Break the Silence, End the Violence” message for the PPDVP

The opportunity to be involved with the PPDVP and the NZ Police staff involved continues to provide outstanding opportunities for the men of rugby who are selected to be part of the project. The Guam trip worked extremely well. The smaller player group, an impressive in country program coupled with the Guam Police and the First Lady of Guam’s collaboration ensured  a very effective promotion of the key messages and development opportunities for the rugby men.

 Five years ago the visits were about media, schools and rugby to raise awareness around the need to report domestic violence. This trip to Guam involved visits to prisons, schools, universities and interactions with some key political figures from sport and the office of the First Lady. The program has evolved to such an extent that we now place players in situations that put them face to face with the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. As the challenges are elevated so are the learning’s. Players have moved from static media interviews five years ago to live radio and television this year.  Players now refer to experience as life changing, the ultimate in compliments.

 I am extremely proud of what has been achieved through our partnership with the NZ Police on this project. It was a bold move five years ago but the benefits to both partners are evident.  Players now push to be involved on these trips and countries are asking us to come back. What better recommendation can we have than that.

 We have made great friends and contacts in the Police as a result of our combined efforts. Our players have grown to understand the wider functions of the police and the positive attitude they take to their work. A number of player’s are looking at options in the Police post rugby. We may have started out with the intent to support a program and push a message but what we have all gained is far greater that we could have reasonably expected.

 

Stephen Symonds

Personal Development Manager

Hurricanes limited

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