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Le Va helps rugby league to tackle suicide prevention head on

Le Va has a longstanding close relationship with New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) and One NZ Warriors, sporting organisations with a real commitment to the wellbeing of their teams, staff, families and communities.

FLO Talanoa workshop participants

FLO Talanoa workshop participants

On 10 April, Le Va’s FLO: Pasifika for Life team delivered a FLO Talanoa suicide prevention workshop to participants from the New Lynn Stags, Pt Chevalier Pirates, Auckland Rugby League, and Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship.

Leilani Clarke, Le Va’s senior manager – suicide prevention Pacific, thanked the workshop attendees for their involvement and openness to learn about suicide prevention.

One participant said of the workshop, “It was very eye opening, I felt that suicide was a taboo topic to talk to peers about. I am very grateful for some of the practical ways we learned about handling the topic of suicide.”

Recording the 'Find Your Front' podcast

Recording the ‘Find Your Front’ podcast

Also in April, the FLO team went behind the scenes of NZRL’s ‘Find Your Front’ podcast – an online platform for sharing stories from past and present athletes, how they overcame challenges and the importance of looking after their wellbeing.

The guest of the yet-to-be-aired episode was Anthony Gelling, an international rugby league player of Cook Islands descent, who spoke about the power of resilience in dealing with challenges in his career.

For Le Va and the FLO team, having the support of wellbeing champions like Anthony, the Warriors and NZRL is vital in the important work we do in the field of suicide prevention for Pacific communities.


To learn more about how we equip Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide, visit our FLO Knowledge bank.

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