Brutal blaze sparks heartfelt Hanuabada homecoming

20 October 2017

Hundreds of bags of garbage were collected in a single morning. Supplied: PNG Cricket
Hundreds of bags of garbage were collected in a single morning. Supplied: PNG Cricket

Sport brings people and communities together in times of need and this was on display recently in the Papua New Guinea village of Hanuabada, where a fire destroyed 15 family homes.

Hanuabada is known as the home of cricket in Papua New Guinea. A number of current international representatives hail from the area, and participated in cricket programs delivered through the Pacific Sports Partnerships (PSP).

The PNG national women's cricket team, the Lewas, and the national under-19 men's side, the Garamuts, have swapped the batting gloves for gardening gloves and are helping to clean up the mess left in the wake of the fire.

The Australian Government is using the power of sport to build stronger communities by encouraging participation in physical activity through the PSP. Providing sources of confidence and inspiration to individuals deliver greater benefits to communities as a whole, demonstrated in Hanuabada.

Australia plus: Brutal blaze sparks heartfelt Hanuabada homecoming.

Hanuabada is the spiritual home of cricket in PNG. Supplied: ICC
Hanuabada is the spiritual home of cricket in PNG. Supplied: ICC
Last Updated: 20 October 2017