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St George Illawarra winger and newly-appointed ambassador to a Papua New Guinea's latest gender inequality and domestic violence program, returned to Port Moresby last weekend to support the ground breaking cause.

'Equal Playing Field' is a Papua New Guinean organisation with a local connection to the Dragons as it was co-founded by Adam Everill from Wollongong, Australia and Jacqui Joseph of Papua New Guinea.

'Equal Playing Field' (EPF) uses sport as a vehicle to address gender inequality and family violence. With major funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade it signifies the great partnership between our two countries. 

Nene Macdonald attended the 'Film and Future' event which celebrated the organisations pioneer program 'Equal Playing Field for Schools'.

This program promotes respectful relationships and child protection in schools, working intensively with over 8000 students in Port Moresby and Bougainville. They have also trained over 300 teachers, volunteers and community members. 

EPF now hopes to reach 100,000 students in the next three years by partnering with teacher colleges, universities and the Department of Education to mainstream child protection and respectful relationship education.

Nene has offered his support for the organisation and hopes that his influence can help drive momentum and fundraising for this life changing work.

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St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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