In the aftermath of catastrophic Cyclone Guba that devastated the Oro Province (the old Northern District) a year ago, a group of Australian educators visiting the region decided on a bold idea. They’d work with the Oro people to deliver assistance in education, health and agriculture.
It sounded like one of those schemes dreamed up after a good dinner and a bottle of red, but it’s now becoming a reality. Support has been activated in Australia and PNG, a detailed on-ground assessment made, a planning conference held in Canberra, and fundraising has begun. The delivery of assistance is to begin later this year.
The initial commitment of the Oro Community Development Project is to support Hohorita and Gona Primary Schools and St Christopher’s Mechanical Training School. When improvements have been achieved in these places, the focus will shift to health and agricultural support.
The PNGAA has selected the Oro Project as the first beneficiary of what is hoped will be a regular commitment by the Association to provide material and in-kind assistance to worthy projects in PNG. Association members John and Jan Kleinig, Mike Bourke, Dr Anthony Radford and Riley Warren AM, who is chairman, are all engaged in this project.
The PNGAA has organised a raffle at $5 a ticket – and we encourage your participation. We’ve been helped hugely by Air Niugini, which has donated two return economy Sydney (or Brisbane) - Port Moresby airfares as the prize.
If you wish to buy tickets, or sell them to your friends, we encourage you do so by clicking through to the page containing the order form here. The winning ticket – for a prize valued at about $2,350 - will be drawn in Sydney on Sunday 7 December.