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.