Wealthy Australia 'outsourced legal & moral obligations’ on Manus
New figures continue to show challenges to economy

Jimmy Drekore honoured with 'Nobel Prize for children'

Jimmy Drekore shows his awardFRANCIS NII

JIMMY DREKORE, founder of Simbu Children Foundation, has been awarded what has been termed the 'Nobel Prize for Child Advocates'.

The World of Children Award is the highest recognition for people who contributed exceptionally to the betterment of children and Papua New Guinea is the first country in the Pacific to receive this global accolade.

Jimmy Drekore is well known to PNG Attitude readers as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and an established poet.

As well as his vital work with the Simbu Children Foundation, he is PNG’s Digicel Man of Honour and President of Simbu Writers Association.

He comes from the rugged mountains of Giu-Emmai in the Sinasina Yongomugl District of Simbu Province and this internationally honour reflects his commitment to improving the lives of sick, orphaned and otherwise disadvantaged children in Simbu over the last 12 years.

Jimmy started SCF in 2004 while working at the Newcrest gold mine on Lihir Island. In May 2013, he resigned from his lucrative job as an analytical chemist to work fulltime on the foundation raising and deploying funds to help children receive specialist medical services that were not available locally.

Through Jimmy’s work, many children with heart disease have been saved by cardiac specialists from Australia who come each year to Port Moresby. SCF also addresses other health issues affecting children’s health and wellbeing like providing CT scans and preventing parent to child transmission of HIV.

“I didn’t think it was real,” Jimmy said when asked how he felt about the award. “It took a while for me to digest and when I accepted it I showed the email to my wife and we were humbled.

“The Drekore family dedicates this World of Children Award to Simbu and all who have supported Simbu Children Foundation,” he added.

“I am glad I have supported SCF,” said Wera Mori MP, Member for Chuave, vice minister for mining in the PNG government and the only local MP who consistently supports the work of SCF.

Jimmy and his wife, Merlyn Waim Drekore, the invincible force behind the success story of SCF are flying to New York City this month to receive the award.

The award is worth $US50,000 and there is also a matching grant that SCF can obtain.

For every dollar raised by SCF, World of Children will match it with two dollars until the total reaches $US30,000.

To begin the fundraising in Simbu for the matching grant, a wheelbarrow push is planned for next Wednesday in Kundiawa Town.

Anyone interested in supporting SCF in its bid to raise the matching component can contact Jimmy at: [email protected].


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

jimmy drekore

Thank you everyone for your congratulatory remarks and words of encouragement. Through the gracious hearts of the givers, SCF survived thus far, I am just a driver. Though the vetting was so rigorous we have passed all and voted to be the World of Children 2016 Health honoree. We are humbled to be awarded this prestigious award hence will continue to reach our to more children silently waiting to be reached.

Wakai we

Michael Dom

Congratulations Jimmy, Merlyn and SCF!

Corney Korokan Alone

Jimmy and the humble organisation that he helped formed exemplifies the type of socially-conscious community project that the rest of the educated sons and daughters of Papua New Guinea must spare a thought to.

Well done and congratulations team SCF.

John Bob

Jimmy you are a real man of vision. Salute you big time. You deserve every recogition.
Gembogl Nem-Japan

Paul Waugla Wii

Angra, Yaglwakai we.

Baka Bina

Congratulation JD, for you and SCF and Simbu and PNG. You are a shining light for all of us.
Go get it and smile for all of us.

Rashmii Bell

Congratulations Jimmy and Merlyn🎈🎈

Bob Cleland

Congratulations Jimmy for a well deserved award. It's good to see your work recognised.

John K Kamasua

Good one and congratulations. Jimmy and those behind SCF are inspiring many people in Simbu and around the country that it can be done.

Rob Parer

Congratulations Jimmy. Your old school, Downlands Sacred Heart College at Toowoomba, will be so proud of your outstanding achievements.

Bomai Witne

Akra, go receive it and bring it home for us. Wakai wo.

Lindsay F Bond

Outstanding, far and away, leading. Congratulations Jimmy and Merlyn.

Daniel Kumbon

Jimmy you deserve it bro. Go and enjoy the limelight in New York.

I saw how active and resourceful you were when I came for the 2015 Crocodile Prize presentations in Kundiawa last year.

Your members of parliament like Kerenga Kua and Wera Mori were also interested and supportive of literary development in Simbu and the welfare of its children.

Some of us are from places where politics is the daily food fed to the people.

`Robin Lillicrapp

Congratulations, Jimmy. This is a fitting tribute to your labours.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)