Women dying due to lack of education: Local

​I have found that in Gabagaba, Central Province, where my maternal mother comes from, a lot of women were dying from breast and cervical cancer.

Gou Ovia, organiser of the Pink Hahine appeal, which is a charity fundraiser, is helping raise funds for her aunt, 43-year-old mother of three, Henoa Kellei, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Pink Hahine cocktail fundraiser was held at the Helifix Hanger at Seven-Mile in Port Moresby last Friday night.

“The reason why women are dying is because they don’t have enough education about this subject, so hopefully if we raise over our targeted amount for our aunty, we can bring some awareness to our local villagers at Gabagaba,” Ovia said.

“Breast cancer is a silent killer that’s affecting a lot of women, especially in the rural areas.”

Kellei will be undergoing a full mastectomy at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia. She was advised that having her entire breast removed is the safest option. Masectomy is another way of treating breast cancer. 

Ovia, on behalf of the organising committee, thanked everyone that attended and supported the event.

All proceeds will go towards paying for Mrs Kellei’s surgery. Anyone who wishes to help in cash or kind can call 7212 6618 for more information.

Guest speaker at the event was PNG Fashion and Design Director Janet Sios.

 Also in attendance were two of Papua New Guinea’s singing sensations, dAdiigii and Mereani Masani, who kept the crowd entertained together with a local band and dance acts by youths from Gabagaba.

(Some of the participants at the cocktail fundraising on Friday night)

Press release