Vanuatu volunteer using hockey for health

24 July 2017

Nutrition, health, domestic violence and the environment are all discussed as part of the hockey education program. Credit: ABC, Aaron Kearney
Nutrition, health, domestic violence and the environment are all discussed as part of the hockey education program. Credit: ABC, Aaron Kearney

Hockey is catching on across the Pacific nation of Vanuatu, spreading messages of health on the way, but it is going to miss a knockabout Australian volunteer who has headed home.

Dash Hewitt is wrapped up a year-long stint as an Australian volunteer development officer with the Vanuatu Hockey Federation, using the time to impart important health messages to young Ni-Vanuatu.

Hockey has been in Vanuatu for more than a decade, and an elite program is offering the best players international opportunities, but the idea of using hockey as a development tool is a more recent phenomenon.

Sport is a globally recognised - and increasingly utilised - vehicle to achieve development outcomes in areas such as health, social cohesion, gender equality and disability inclusion. The Australian Government strongly supports these outcomes through its targeted sport for development programs in the Asia-Pacific region.

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More than 200 children participate in Pikinini Plei Plei each week. Credit: ABC, Aaron Kearney
More than 200 children participate in Pikinini Plei Plei each week. Credit: ABC, Aaron Kearney
Last Updated: 24 July 2017