New van for Special Olympics PNG

Special Olympics PNG drove off with a new K120,000 van, thanks to support from WR Carpenters.

President of Special Olympics PNG, Takale Tuna, thanked the firm for stepping in with this much-needed assistance as they have been stretching their limited resources to carry out their programs.

He said since its inception in 2012, the organisation has been conducting six programs where team members use their own resources to reach the wider community.

Tuna stated that the new Nissan Urvan would greatly relieve the logistical issue faced by his team, especially when they travel throughout the nation’s capital, including the outskirts of Central Province, to screen people with intellectual disabilities.

He said though intellectual disabilities is the focus of Special Olympics PNG, they often have to deal with all people with disabilities when they visit villages for screening.

“So we don’t discriminate, we go ahead and screen all of them,” he said.

“Once that’s done, and if there are any issues, we have a referral system where they go through our doctors straight to Pom General Hospital.

“They don’t stand in long lines, they just go in so this van is actually going to help in that regard.

“We thank WR Carpenters Group of Companies, through Boroko Motors, for donating this van.”

Meantime, a team from Special Olympics PNG has qualified to participate in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in the United Arab Emirates early next year.

(Special Olympics PNG team with Boroko Motors staff)

Carmella Gware