by Colleen Barilae- EMTV, Lae
Eastern Highlands’s Arona Valley located at the centre of Papua New Guinea, witnessed a spectacular event yesterday as runners filled parts of the Highlands highway for the Oil Search Pacific Games Baton Relay.
The road was blocked for more than two hours as the baton relay took place along the highway.
School children, PNG Power workers and members of the Yonki community took turns in carrying the baton through 51 exchange points.
Traffic from the highlands, bound for Lae and Madang came to a standstill for at least two hours as men, women and children, took to the roads to participate in the South Pacific Games baton relay.
Despite the days overcast, those who have taken part in the event will remember the day for a very long time.
The PNG Power at Yonki played host to the baton relay and even saw the baton ferried across the Yonki dam.
The event also marks PNG power as the platinum sponsor for the coming South Pacific Games.
The leading power producer will take on the responsibility to provide adequate power supply for the duration of the South Pacific Games event.
The Pacific Games baton relay at Yonki, organised by PNG Power, also saw the baton taken to various sections of the largest electricity producing plant in the country.
The event was part of the Oil Search Pacific Games Raunim PNG campaign.
The Oil Search Pacific Games Baton Relay, sponsored by Oil Search, is also set to tour other centres including the New Guinea Islands, and the rest of the Papuan region after it completes its visit to the Highlands.