The social responsibility departments of both the Tonga Football Association (TFA) and Fédération Tahitienne de Football (FTF) held activities to mark the International Day of People with Disability earlier this month.
In Tonga, TFA staff members Lafaele Moala and Tangitangi Moala made personal visits to the homes of 35 adults and children who are members of the Tonga Red Cross Ofa Tui Amanaki Centre, delivering special gift bags containing a football, wrist bands, key tags and pencils.
During the year TFA social responsibility staff visit the centre twice a week, running games and activities which encourage participants to have fun while being physically active.
“We are going to miss their smiling faces during this holiday season and we hope that the gifts will motivate them to remain active while being at home with their loved ones,” Lafaele Moala said.
“It has been a good semester spending time with these people and we will continue to work with them next year after the holidays.”
The TFA expressed their gratitude to donors the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Government’s Team Up, UEFA Foundation for Children, Football Federation Australia and Oceania Football Confederation, for supporting their work.
The FTF meanwhile staged a full day of activities in Pirae on December 3, with over 50 participants between the ages of eight and 60 joining in on the fun.
Activities included games of footgolf, tennis football and beach soccer.