I’VE MADE many announcements since taking on the responsibility for community announcements after Sunday service at our local church in Goroka.
But last Sunday I made an announcement that I thought needed to be shared with the wider community.
Catholic Health Services in Eastern Highlands Province, in collaboration with many other organisations, is pooling ideas and resources to raise money to buy cancer treatment facilities.
The theme of the fundraising is ‘Walk the talk against cancer’ and the initiative was provoked by the lack of early detection, diagnosis, testing and specialist treatment of cancer patients in Papua New Guinea.
The death rate from cancer is increasing each year with women topping the list. Most victims are unaccounted for and suffer silently in rural areas throughout PNG.
The organisers of ‘Walk the talk’ aim to raise K10 million to buy cancer treatment facilities for facilities in Goroka, Port Moresby, Mingende and Kundiawa.
The organisers plan a walk from Goroka to Kundiawa via Gembogl from 13-19 November. This track, through the headwaters of the Asaro Valley, represents one of the most rugged and rural walks of PNG.
Along the way, participants will stop in villages to raise awareness of issues including cancer, climate change, HIV/ÁIDS and gender based violence. Medical checks and treatment will be provided by medical professionals in the group.
A corporate dinner will be held at the Dynasty restaurant in Port Moresby on 10 December and arrangements are also in place for building awareness of cancer through different media outlets.
The organisers would like to bring to the fore that cervical and breast cancer - commonly referred to as ‘sik bilong meri’ - are not only a woman’s health concern: they are a family and nation’s concern.
God’s love is manifested in the way we are conceived, born and raised, and the same love requires us to take action by raising funds to buy cancer treatment facilities. This act will give hope to cancer victims throughout Papua New Guinea.
Individuals, state and private organisations can be part of the fundraising activities in the following ways.
Naming right in the walk against cancer, K500,000-K1 million.
State owned enterprises, K50,000-K100,000
Foreign embassies/high commissions, K30,000-K100,000
Corporate sponsors, K20,000-K50,000
Members of Parliament, K20,000-K50,000
Non-government organisations, K5,000-K10,000
Corporate dinner, K10,000 a table
The coordinator of Catholic Health Services in the Eastern Highlands, Mrs Angela Kaupa, heads this initiative and the Most Reverend Catholic Bishop of Groka Diocese, Bishop Francesco Sarego, is the Patron of the fund raising project.
Support from individuals and organisations can be deposited into: Catholic Diocese of Goroka-Help for cancer. Account number: 6005658963. Westpac Bank Goroka.
For further information contact Catholic Health Services on phone 675 532 1798 or mobile 708 117 32 or email email@example.com