by Vanessa Knight – EM TV, Port Moresby
Mothers at the Port Moresby General Hospital Maternity Ward were presented with goodie bags by the Susu Mamas Ball Committee, in a wonderful tradition established to honour Mother’s Day, which will be observed tomorrow.
Susu Mamas Ball Committee members gathered this morning at the 3 mile Maternity Ward grounds, with representatives from KK Kingston Limited, who assisted with handing out gift bags to the mothers.
The bags contained toiletries and food items, and are donated by KK Kingston, and companies like Goodman Fielders, Nestle, Ramu Agri Industries and Paradise Foods.
Nurses at the hospital said the kind gesture is a nice way of appreciating mothers during this special time, and also goes a long way in helping unfortunate mothers, who are not only found in settlements but also in hospitals.
164 mothers, who are currently admitted respectively in the post natal, special care nursery and labour and delivery wards, were each given two gift bags.
Susu Mamas partners closely each year with the National Department of Health, Provincial Health Authorities in the Western Highlands, Morobe and Eastern Highlands provinces and the NCD and Central Health Services to support maternal and child health throughout the regions in Papua New Guinea.
Board Secretary, Anna Maalsen, says support from sponsors like Steamships and KK Kingston and numerous donors, is essential to keep operations going.
Chairperson of the Ball Committee, Tracey Head, says the committee is delighted to share this experience with the mothers, and is determined to raise more funds for maternal and child health care, through its annual fundraising ball.
Last year was the biggest year for the Committee, who raised over K400,000 to purchase equipment, land and fund areas not covered in financial grants.