Five outstanding Papua New Guinean women were honored at the City Pharmacy Limited (CPL) Pride of PNG Awards night.
Enid Kantha, Mary Tore, Ann Mamoko, Sister Pauline Kagl and Stephanie Paraide were celebrated as inspirational women who go above and beyond their calls of duty.
Theirs were stories that need to be heard, and celebrated; stories of perseverance, determination, courage, empathy, love, and ingenuity.
While there were five winners on the night, all the judges were united in the view that all the nominees for this year, were winners.
Ann Mamoko was the winner of the Community Spirit Award.
As a community health worker, she works in remote aid posts in Oro Province, where she provides the much needed service of a midwife.
The Education Role Model award went to Sister Pauline Kagl, a TVET educator in the Western Highlands, who goes beyond the call of duty, to impart practical skills to the communities she works with.
The Young PNG Award was given to Stephanie Paraide, who is currently studying at the University of Sydney, in Australia.
A very proud brother, Daniel, received the award on her behalf, and read out Stephanie’s speech.
Other recipients included Enid Kantha for Bravery and Courage, and Mary Tore for Care and Compassion.
Over the ten years it has been running, CPL’s Pride of PNG has received over four thousand nominations, and awarded 60 recipients.
For Chairman Mahesh Patel, it has been a rewarding experience that he says, the company is committed to continuing.