The Salvation Army’s annual Red Shield Appeal to various corporate organizations and interested individuals took place in Port Moresby yesterday
“Educating a Nation” is the theme for this year with education infrastructure and capacity building, being the target of the Salvation Army’s implementation from donated funds.
The Salvation Army is embarking on a major fundraising drive to redevelop its school in Koki – it has plans to build 3 new classroom blocks, consisting of 6 classrooms plus an assembly hall with each block costing around 1 million kina.
The first block will be funded by the Salvation Army of Australia, the second from John Swire and Sons, the major shareholder of Steamships and thirdly from the Member for Moresby South and Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko.
Justin Tkatchenko said he will contribute K500, 000.00 from his DSIP funds, together with NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, to build the third block.
A good handful of corporate heads donated over one hundred and twenty thousand kina, including a cheque worth twenty thousand kina from Central Governor, Kila Hoada.
Special Guest Speaker and Prime Minister’s wife, Lynda Babao, a fervent activist of social and health issues, made a contribution of one hundred thousand kina from the O’Neill Foundation to the Red Shield Appeal.
The Salvation Army has serviced the needs of the people of Papua New Guinea and continues to do so for over 50 years commencing from very humble beginnings at Koki in Port Moresby.