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Thank you all for empowering me to carry on writing


Francis Nii & new laptop
Disabled author Francis Nii and new laptop: 'Without a computer and a reliable mobile phone, I am truly handicapped'

KUNDIAWA - A personal computer can be an important tool for any writer but for a disabled writer like me, composing my words and sentences from the confines of a hospital bed, a laptop and a reliable mobile phone are essential tools of trade.

Without them, I am truly handicapped. With them, I am liberated to access information and to write, write, write.

When the screen of my Asus computer, given to me by my good friend Murray Bladwell in 2016, experienced a major breakdown while I was trying to upload the second edition of my novel ‘Tears’, I knew I had hit a desperate moment. Hopelessness overwhelmed me. Tears indeed!

Luckily I had saved the entire manuscript in a Samsung phone given to me by Patrick Haynes so I emailed the valuable document to Philip Fitzpatrick to upload to my CreateSpace publishing page.

I told Phil that I couldn’t upload it myself because my laptop had encountered a serious problem. I had no idea that the piece of information relayed to Phil would prompt a fundraising effort that would result in me getting a brand new HP laptop and a Canon printer.

The next day I received an email from Keith Jackson enquiring about the condition of my laptop and I was surprised because I hadn’t mentioned this to him. I guessed immediately that Phil had passed on the news.

I emailed Keith telling him had happened to my laptop and he said a new one was ‘a goer’. Knowing Keith, I understood straight away that a new computer would somehow make its way to me. I provided Keith the prices of the laptops sold in the shops in Kundiawa.

Next morning when I routinely logged in to PNG Attitude to read the daily stories, I saw the appeal was underway and was both surprised and glad.

I was glad because I knew my PNG Attitude family of writers and readers would help me to get a new laptop. Indeed you did me proud. Your support was awesome and exceeded the cost of the laptop.

So I am now the proud owner of a brand new HP laptop and a Canon printer with scanner and copier all in the one device.

My heartfelt thanks go to all the kind-hearted individuals - Garry Tongs, Ed Brumby, Donna Harvey-Hall, Kerri Worthington, Lindsay Bond, Murray Bladwell, Chris Overland, Philip Fitzpatrick, Keith Jackson, Jim Moore, Paul Flanagan, Joe Herman, Bea and Simon Ellis, Stuart, Bill Woods and the Towoong Rotary Club - for your benevolent contributions.

I am so humbled by your gesture of goodwill. My heart cried with tears of gratitude and joy when I held the new laptop in my arms.

Thank you, Phil and Keith, for recognising the value of the literature I contribute to PNG Attitude.

What you did for me empowers me to keep writing. Now you will see me more frequently on PNG Attitude.

Thanks very much to you all.


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Francis Nii

Thank you Daniel for your wonderful words.

Yalkuna John, it is good tiding. I am so happy.

Beaty Ellis

Write (Right) man :-)

John K Kamasua

Yalkuna Francis, great news indeed!

Francis Nii

Thank you Robin and Barbara. I am back after a short spell.

Daniel Kumbon

Great man surrounded by great people.

The thoughts that flow forth from your heart like a well are not handicapped, Francis. Your wise words will live on and on touching people's lives.

Barbara Short

Wonderful news. God bless you Francis. Keep writing.

Things that are written on PNG Attitude go out to the world. The world needs to hear the true stories about life in PNG today.

Things can be tough. There are situations where people with little understanding are placed in positions of authority and confusion reigns.

We need writers who can unravel the confusion that eventuates and sort out ways that can solve all the problems that develop.

The world needs people like you to help us understand what life is all about.

Wonderful words, Barbara - KJ

Robin Lillicrapp

Great to see you back in action, Francis.

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