PNG All-Stars inspire kids at Chiara Learning Centre

Local artists under the PNG All-Stars banner inspired children at the Chiara Learning Centre (CLC) at Six Mile in Port Moresby with their talent and inspirational speech during their recent visit.

The PNG All-Stars consist of local artists who raise funds for the PNG Children’s Foundation (PNGCF).

The artists will perform at a charity concert scheduled on Saturday, August 5 at the Lamana Gold Club where all proceeds from presold tickets and gate sales will go to the PNGCF.

Organiser Jacquie Simons confirmed that all proceeds will help build a new classroom for the school.

The artists that visited the learning centre were O-FouR, Sprigga Mek, Moses Tau, Mereani Masani and two members of the Planet Native's Band.

Simons highlighted that the stars on the day of the visit turned out to be the kids who entertained them with such magical singing it brought tears to everyone’s eyes.

“We were all overwhelmed at the reception and I am hoping using this inspiration, the artists are able to tap into their art and come up with a song about PNG children.

“The singer who stole the attention of the kids on the day was Moses Tau who had everyone chanting his name from the moment we arrived until the teachers had to quieten them down,” Simons said.

Moses made an inspirational speech on behalf of the artists.

He advised the kids about staying in school, listening to their parents and teachers and one day becoming responsible adults who can give back to their community.

Simons added that following the visit, the artists have grown more appreciative of the work of the PNGCF and are even more driven and determined to make the goal of this new classroom a reality.

The school has only one class room which was built by PNGCF where 180 kids aged between 4-7 years go to learn basic elementary skills.

Because there are so many of them, the kids are split into two groups attending morning and afternoon shift classes and the teachers are paid by the PNGCF.

Simons highlighted that the number of students is still too many for the classroom so PNGCF is building the second classroom with the funds that will be raised from the upcoming concert.

Tickets for the show are selling at Lamana's reception at early bird K50 for arena and K80 for balcony, while gate sales are K70 for the arena and K100 for balcony.

The artists performing on the night are Mereani, SpriggaMek, O-Four, Dadiigii, Saii Kaii, Planet Native feat. DJ Dirty Fingerz, Moses Tau and couple Henry & Sentanya Gewang.

Quintina Naime