The fundraising golf tournament was held on Friday 28 June, at the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club for LPC, a PNG non-government-organisation which cares for and educates children in Port Moresby.
A total of 33 four-man Ambrose teams, mostly from corporate bodies, participated at the KPCGC, raising funds from registration fees, auctions and donations.
KPHL Managing Director Wapu Sonk commended the teams for supporting KPHL and expressed his gratitude to individuals and corporate houses for participating in a golf event supporting a worthy cause.
“I am delighted to be here today at the Gerehu residence of LPC to join Director Collin Pake and his wife who take care of the children in a family environment. It’s hard to find people like them (Pakes) who are one of a kind, who have opened their doors to help others.”
Eighty-eight children accompanied by ten teachers and volunteers from the Mobile Education School at Baruni gathered at the Gerehu LPC to receive the cheque.
Sonk told the children: “You can be whoever you want. So long as you have the right attitude. Develop the right attitude and become somebody in society. Listen to your teachers, Mr and Mrs Pake. Take this opportunity that they are providing you because you’re fortunate.”
He said Kumul Petroleum had played a leading role in helping the LPC children through working closely with Pake over the past few years.
“After seeing the needs of the LPC and the number of requests coming to Kumul Petroleum over the years, we decided to have an annual charity golf event to raise funds for them. It was wonderful to have corporate organisations and individuals join us in June to raise funds through the game of golf for a non-profit organisation that relies heavily on donations and charitable hearts.
“LPC is doing a tremendous job by empowering these children in Port Moresby for a sustainable future through education under Strongim Pikinini Education and Mobile Education Programs. We know this K100,000 will go a long way to assist you.”
He said Kumul Petroleum was proud to be associated with a charity like LPC, as its objectives are very much aligned with Kumul Petroleum Holding’s vision which is to create opportunities for Papua New Guineans.
“We have just marked 44 years of independence and what better way to celebrate it then to spend time with children here at LPC.”
Director for LPC, Collin Pake, was thankful: “The future of PNG is in children and we must make sure we look after and educate them to become better citizens of this great nation PNG.
“We are caring for the street children in Port Moresby who have been neglected by society. We have time for these children and we provide a place for them to stay and also put them to schools to get an education.
“We also a Mobile Education school at Baruni and at Siraka that are catering for isolated children who are unable to travel on the bus routes to go to schools. We are bringing teachers to them to provide learning.”
Last year, KPHL presented K100,000 to LPC proceeds from the inaugural Kumul Petroleum Charity Golf Challenge.
Most of the funds went to children’s education through the Strongim Pikinini and mobile education programs, apart from housing and meals, Pake said.