K1.3m for earthquake relief donated

The Chinese community in Papua New Guinea has donated K1.3 million towards the Southern Highlands earthquake relief assistance.

A mock cheque was presented to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill at the Manasupe Haus in Port Moresby yesterday.

The donation was made under the China-PNG Friendship Association, who had raised over K1.2 million in cash, K60,000 in kind and K100,000 in medicine in just two days.

Deputy Chief of Mission Yao Ming said this is a trying time for Papua New Guinea and the Chinese community in this country are saddened by the loss of lives and damages caused by the massive earthquake.

He reiterated that the donation illustrates the support of the Chinese community in the country and will continue to be of assistance in the future.

Prime Minister O’Neill, in acknowledging the gesture by the Chinese community, highlighted that this was the true meaning of friendship.

“It is in times like these that we see the importance in relationship,” stated the PM.

He said the donation will go towards the most remote areas in the affected earthquake region and also for recovery of important infrastructure and road accessibility.

The PM further acknowledged the Chinese community in Western Highlands Province who have been assisting in their own way towards the relief appeal in the region.

Imelda Wavik