Top cricket health initiative celebrates as successful program comes to a close

The Vanuatu Cricket Association 20-weeks Island Cricket Program has come to a close for the women of the Beverly Hills community.

VCA showed its appreciation of the commitment and faithful participation in this initiative by awarding certificates to each of the 27 Mamas who took part in the program.

The Mamas Island Cricket program aims to improve women’s health through participation in sport.

During the 20 weeks, the Beverly Hills Mamas have been through Medical check-ups, attended six nutritional classes at Wan Smol Bag Nutrition Centre and have been involved in Cervical Cancer and nutrition awareness sessions facilitated by the Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The beautiful Mamas also started their own ‘Gardening Project’ to help motivate them to grow their own organic vegetables as part of their NCD reduction program.

At the end of the 20-weeks program, the Mamas went through a final medical check-up and the results showed that all participants have reduced blood sugar and blood pressure levels and undergone significant weight loss.

Rokota Albert, a participant from Beverly Hills, expressed her gratitude by acknowledging the Vanuatu Cricket Association for running this program which has helped the many women involved to appreciate their own health and to look after the health of their families.

“I am grateful and very happy that the Vanuatu Cricket saw the need of our beautiful mothers and decided to run this wonderful program which brought all of us mamas involved out of the kitchen and into a cricket field to participate in the sport while also learning how we can protect our families from NCD’s,” said Ms Albert.

This program is proudly run and coordinated by Amelia Lawac, the VCA Women’s Development Supervisor who is very passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of women in Vanuatu through Cricket.

This program would however be unsuccessful if not for the support of the stakeholders involved, namely Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA), Wan Smol Bag (WSB) and the Ministry of Health.

The VCA would also like to express its gratitude and acknowledgement to the Australian Government for its support and funding through the Pacific Sports Partnership Program. 

Photo Credit: Vanuatu Cricket


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