It is a proud occasion, they are all keen on doing Papua New Guinea proud, and what better way to do it – as a family.
Rita joyfully explains: “My children have joined hands with me as BSP Wantok Volunteers, and this makes me so proud as a parent and on behalf of my family, I want to say thank you to BSP for giving employees and dependants memorable games experience,” Ms Lawrence said.
Rita is employed with BSP, the official sponsor of the Pacific Games, as a team leader in the Lending Support Unit. During the games she will lead the Spectator Services crew at the Bisini Sports Centre, Bisini Parade.
If you go down to the Bisini Sports Centre, for soccer, cricket, lawn bowls, touch rugby and softball events and you see a happy, smiling BSP Wantok Volunteer, it will surely be Rita or one of her team mates.
Rita’s children Laka and Dineheilo are both University / TAFE students. Both are volunteers under the functional area Athlete Services where Laka will be with the Pacific Games Association (PGA) working alongside the chef de mission, Dineheilo is with the International Zone, and lucky her. She gets to be taught to speak French.
For this country qualified netball umpire and her two children they are determined to bring a higher level of spectator services for those attending the 2015 Pacific Games.
“My expectation prompts me to perform to the best I can, based on my BSP’s core values and its service standards. This is a huge challenge, but we can do it,” Rita said.
Photo: Rita Memafu-Lawrence (centre) children Dineheilo (front) and Laka (back).