STARTTS was immensely proud to support the 2019 Australian Tibetan Interstate Unity (chigdril) Soccer Tournament this month, setting an example of the unifying power of sport.
In a message of support, STARTTS’ Deputy CEO Lachlan Murdoch stated, “I understand it’s a great initiative bringing together young men and women from the Tibetan community from all around the country to play sport in the spirit of companionship and cooperation.
STARTTS is very happy to be a supporter of the Unity Cup this year, as we have been a long-term supporter of the Tibetan Community in NSW.
The Tibetan Community has been heavily affected by experiences of trauma and STARTTS has been standing together with the Tibetan community now for many years, providing counselling services, community development services and support more generally to activities of the community such as the Unity Cup.
I wish you all a great weekend and it’s a very successful weekend and I’ll look forward to hearing the results of the basketball and football tournaments and I’m sure they’ll be played in the right spirit and may the best team win!”
This year’s games are also notable in that they were sponsored, in part, by Tibetan businesses in Australia. These businesses recognise the importance of the youth and the ability of these games to reinforce Tibetan identity and also to provide a forum for social support and community building.
The aim of these games is to provide Tibetans, especially the youth, with an opportunity to meet each other and rejoice in their shared identity as Tibetans and common purpose of continuing the Tibetan struggle.
The following organisations and businesses have generously invested time and resources into the success of these games: Wild Yak Restaurant, Dee Why, Amala Home Care Canberra, Snowlion Plastering Dee Why, SBS Tibetan Radio, The Manly Daily, Tibetan Community of NSW, Tibet Times, Community Northern Beaches
Congratulations to all the teams who participated.
The Manly Daily reports on the tournament below: