IN any successful organisation or event there are many players, but few stand out as shining stars.
When the Simbu Writers Association came up with the idea of hosting a literary contest for secondary schools in the province to coincide with National Literacy Week, SWA had no money.
But after selecting the best competition entries this week and readying the prizes to award today, we reflect on how amazing it has been that SWA has been able to execute one activity after another relative ease and simplicity.
This is all because someone foresaw the value of the concept and had the heart to sacrifice whatever small resources he had to assist. And this person is Ware Mukale, head teacher of Ku High School.
Mukale made the school truck available with a full tank of fuel at no cost to SWA. Where the Hyundai 6-wheeler could not access - schools like Boromil, Neregaima and Mai - he hired a Land Cruiser troop carrier for us to use.
On top of that, Mukale provided lunch money for those who were travelling to far flung schools to disseminate information and create awareness. He even erected a permanent grandstand at the school ground for today’s event.
The icing on the cake were Ware Mukale’s debate awards and banquet. He is sponsoring the debate prizes with K600 for the winner and K400 for the runner up together with books authored by Simbus.
And he’s hosting a big party tonight at the Ku guest house for participants, organisers and guests.
I asked Mukale: “Sir, what motivates you to render your wholehearted support to this event?”
He replied: “I like new, creative and revolutionary ideas. I like doing crazy things out of the routine, text book classroom life.
“SWA has come up with a brilliant idea and there are a lot of benefits in it and I am for it.”
Mukale’s foresight, ability and creativity to make things happen has been marvellous. In a society full of greed and selfishness, a person of Ware Mukale’s virtue is rare. He deserves a special tribute.
Behind every successful figure, there are unsung heroes and heroines. One person, although very young but already full of wisdom and a heart as strong as that of a lion, is the result-oriented Jimmy Awagl.
Jimmy is the head of the Language and Literature department of Ku High School and a founding member of SWA. When it comes to looking for someone to depend on, Awagl is the man.
One figure in the Mukale group who drove the SWA awareness team through mountains and valleys against sun, rain, hunger and thirst without a single word of complain is Kamane Kuake, known as Ground Pilot.
Wherever the team went, whatever time it was, however the road condition (even getting stuck going uphill), Kumane was forever smiling and chuckling.
With patience, willingness, tolerance and a good heart, no place was too far for SWA to reach. Kamane deserves our praise and garitude.
Ku High School, under the leadership of Ware Mukale, has set a benchmark and it’s up to the next hosting school to emulate it.
Photos: (1) Jimmy Awagl, Francis Nii, Mathias Kin & Ware Mukale at Ku High School; (2) Pilot Kamane Kuake, Francis Nii and Jimmy Awagl on the road