AUSTASIA PACIFIC HEALTH SERVICES – which is already sponsoring the writers’ workshop to be held in conjunction with the Crocodile Prize - has initiated a supplementary award for runners up in the student writing contest.
The Chalkies’ Yokomo Prize for Student Writing is an initiative of ex-Papua New Guinea schoolteacher and School Paper editor, Ed Brumby, and the K5,000 award was provided by Ed and many other former expatriate schoolteachers (chalkies) who worked in PNG before independence.
Yokomo was a notorious fictional comic personality who featured in the School Paper and also in school broadcasts on the then National Broadcasting Commission.
The Chalkies’ award will be divided evenly between the winning piece of writing by a high school or primary school student and their school.
The AustAsia Pacific Health Student Encouragement Awards, three awards of K200 each, have been added for the three students who are runners up to the winner.
AustAsia Pacific Health Services (http://www.webbpacific.com.au) is based in Queensland and provides medical and hospital services in PNG to individual patients, mining, insurance and other companies, as well as patients referred from overseas medical facilities.
It links international patients and doctors with Australian specialists, providing ease of communication, emotional support and comfort on the ground for patients and their families.