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05 December 2010

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I’ve been a professional fundraiser for over 20 year and anything I can do to advise your group on the topic please do not hesitate to ask.

Digger - PNG continues in the spotlight for governance and economic reasons while the constructive activities of ex-servicemens organisations, health workers, service clubs and Aussie voluteers receive less attention.

The year 2011 will bring us closer to the 70th Anniversary of the Battles for New Guinea (Rabaul) and Papua (Owen Stanleys) beginning in 1942.

We could make preparations to highlight the crucial roles of the Papuan Infantry Battalion and the New Guinea Infantry Battalions in resisting and helping overcome the invasion by Japanese military forces.

The founding of the PIR (now RPIR) during that War would also be relevant to publicise.

It could be a timely tribute to our living and deceased soldiers of World War 11 if our writers, historians and organisers were to prepare for Commemorations during the 70th Anniversary in 2012.

Yes, a truly a great cause that has been ignored for years, but what are you suggesting? Who told the committee that you need to do more fundraising?

I would think that if $160,000 is in place from donations, who wants to "milk" more from concerned persons - the Gillard govenment?

I think that the govenment of Somare should assist, after all we were protecting that now sovereign govenment to eventually survive.

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