Caption: Rotary Club of Lae is a major supporter of Angau Memorial Hospital over the years
One of the biggest challenges for Papua New Guinea has long been making sure that everyone regardless of gender and background receives the best-possible support and foundation in order to live successful and happy lives wherever they may be.
As simple as this may seem, it has somewhat and at times been a difficult task for appropriate institutions to carry out.
Recognising these shortfalls and servicing them where appropriate is by far one of the greatest achievements of the Rotary Club of Lae.
The club this year marks a historical 50 years serving PNG and its people.
The club currently has a registered membership of 20 committed individuals who come from various organisations in Lae.
Their passion to support communities in need all over PNG is really what drives these tireless individuals to volunteer their time and effort to ensure the development and successful implementation of community projects.
Since its inception on Dec 26, 1959, the club has supported multiple projects in the area of health, education, community development and individual development nationwide.
Some of its most notable achievements have been:
· The expansion and eventual building of two new children’s ward at the Angau Memorial Hospital worth over K500, 000 in 2005;
· Sending children suffering from cancer to Camp Quality locations in Australia for treatment;
· Most recently the club supplied and installed many water tanks in affected areas to assist overcome the outbreak of the cholera epidemic; and
· The ‘Rotary against Malaria’ project through their ‘adopt a village’ strategy by supplying treated mosquito nets to villages most affected by the illness. In PNG, this is a committed investment of $US150 million which translates to over K441 million
“The Rotary Club of Lae extends its gratitude to many, many sponsors both organisations and individuals who have dug deep to assist various causes,” the club said in a statement.
“To name them would not fit these pages and would not do justice to their commitment and support over the years.“It is an amazing gesture of goodwill and contribution to the Rotary Club of Lae and from there on to the people of Papua New Guinea.”