Organised by the O’Neill Foundation and the National Gaming and Control Board, with support from various businesses including Digicel, the event was held at Konedobu Oval and drew a large crowd of excited young children aged between 3 and 12.
On the day, attendees were treated to a performance from PNG singing sensation Jokema with backup vocalist Emma Edwards. Jokema’s rendition of Jix Ambe proved particularly popular with all generations of the audiences, who were singing along in unison.
Each child in attendance was given a complimentary gift bag, while Digicel gave away a range of merchandises.
The Member for Moresby South, Justin Tkatchenko, was among the guests and thanked the organisers and everyone in attendance.
Summing up the theme of the day he said: “Christmas was the time of giving, loving and sharing”.
Digicel retail director Lorna McPherson was also present on the day and said the company was very proud to support the event.
“This was a wonderful initiative which has helped to brighten the lives of local children and their families,” she said.
“Every child deserves to feel appreciated at Christmas and we were delighted to play a small role in making this day possible.”
A number of other organisations joined Digicel in sponsoring the event, including the Royal
Papua Yacht Club, Pro-Clean, Cancer Foundation Papua New Guinea, TCM, Graffiti Signs, Black Swan International, Stop and Shop, NCDC, L&A Group of Companies Papua New Guinea, Paradise Foods, Lae Biscuit Company and Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals.
Digicel is committed to supporting community initiatives across Papua New Guinea.
(Santa’s helper, Ravu Kila, poses for a picture while distributing goody bags at the Children’s Christmas Feast on Saturday)