The 2015 Digicel Man of Honour and founding president of Simbu Children Foundation (SCF), Jimmy Drekore, is one of the finalists for an American award for services to children’s health.
The San Francisco-based World of Children Award is run by a non-profit organisation founded in 1998 by husband and wife team Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson Leibowitz.
The award is the ‘Nobel Prize for children’s advocacy’ and its mission is “to improve the lives of vulnerable children by funding and elevating the most effective change makers for children”.
The award recognises change makers in the areas of education, health, humanitarian and youth, providing cash grants to support development of programs serving children.
The eligibility requirements are tough with a multi-tiered selection process and vetting through a series of reviews by independent committees.
Mr Drekore’s nomination had passed through the vetting process and a final audit was conducted last Saturday.
This on-the-ground investigation was basically to physically check and confirm the information that had been submitted in the nomination and it all went smoothly with no hiccup.
Mr Drekore took the opportunity to make a quick PowerPoint presentation at the Sir Joseph Nombri Memorial Hospital mess in Kundiawa (picture) in the presence of doctors, nurses, patients and guardians.
Delka, a staff member of the New Zealand High Commission, was the investigative agency representative and in the picture she is sitting between Jimmy and me.
Delka couldn’t hold her tears back when certain sections of the SCF video clips revealed the sorrowful and painful moments of SCF’s journey in serving the children of Simbu. She wept openly as did others who witnessed the presentation.
Everybody was highly impressed and wished Mr Drekore all the best. Let’s keep our fingers cross and wait for the official announcement in September.