Dog River Howlers Rugby Club’s (also player coach of Regina Campion Grads among with coach of Saskatchewan Provincial teams and University of Regina Cougars) Peni Lutudromu (most know him just as Peni Lutu) received The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers presented to him today in Regina . It is a Canadian decoration intended to honour volunteers who have made a significant and continual contribution to their community, either in Canada or abroad .
In February 2016 Peni Lutudromu’s home village of Nacamaki with 200 residents on Koro Island, Fiji, was decimated in Cyclone Winston, the most powerful storm to hit the island nation in history.
With the support of the rugby community, Peni raised some $30,000 . In turn he returned to his place of birth , bought building materials in Nadi and by boat shipped it to his home island . There he spearheaded the rebuilding not only of his family home a but also take local school and church .
The Howlers 4 years previous to this catastrophy donated a new set of rugby strips,rugby balls and a tournament trophy named after Peni’s uncle to his home village of Nacamaki .
Peni again shows why we say that “it’s more than , a game it’s a way of life” .