LAST Monday afternoon was a historic moment for the Simbu Children Foundation and Simbu Writer’s Association.
A high profile six-person Digicel Foundation delegation, led by chief operations officer Jennifer McConnell, travelled to Kundiawa for an on-camera interview with Jimmy Drekore, founding president of both organisations, who is one of the three people shortlisted for this year’s PNG Community Leader.
The Digicel Foundation is the charity arm of the largest communication company in Papua New Guinea, Digicel Ltd.
The visit was triggered by the nomination of Mr Drekore in the 2014 Digicel Man of the Year Award by Amos Wama, who is working with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
If he wins this category, Mr Drekore will proceed to the final, competing against the winners of five other categories for the overall Man of Honour Award.
There was then a break when the Foundation team mingled and talked with the audience.
The second segment after the break involved an interview between Jimmy and two Digicel team members who are on the judge’s panel.
The final segment included a presentation of gifts to the Digicel team.
These comprised bilums for the ladies and books for the Foundation - one copy each of the 2011 to 2014 Crocodile Prize anthologies, Ku High School anthology, Paradise in Peril by Francis Nii, The Flight of Galkope by Sil Bolkin, The Writing is on the Wall, Corruption Volume 1 by Herman Tambagle and Jimmy’s book The Poetical Blossom.
Apart from SWA and SCF members, Director of Medical Services Dr Harry Poka and other medical and nursing staff and some patients from the Kundiawa Hospital were present throughout proceedings.
The whole event was well executed and the Digicel delegation was highly impressed.
We are now crossing our fingers and looking forward to the outcome of the interview and our funding proposal to Digicel. What a wonderful year it would be for Jimmy, SCF, SWA and the Crocodile Prize if we hit the bull’s eye.