By MALUM NALU
Support for next month's Goroka Show is gaining momentum with two more sponsors hopping on the bandwagon last week.
Barrick Kainantu came on board with K5, 000 while the Institute of PNG Studies chipped in with K1, 000 to help stage the Sept 16-18 event, which will coincide with independence celebrations.
Barrick representative George Pirie, while handing over the money, said although the sponsorship was small, he was hopeful that it would assist the show organising committee to achieve its objectives
Executive officer of Goroka Show and secretary of the Eastern Highlands Agricultural Society, Tom Soles, received the money and thanked Barrick Kainantu for coming on board once again
He said Barrick Kainantu initially came on board with a sponsorship of K20, 000 in 2008 but in the ensuing years, had scaled it down to K5, 000.
"This is understandable, given Barrick's scaled-down operations in Kainantu," Soles said.
"However, they have always endeavoured to make their presence felt annually at the Goroka Show, which is very encouraging.
Soles called on the coffee companies and other business houses in the province to make their presence felt.
"You have to give something back to the province for hosting you, and you have to reciprocate this by supporting community events like Goroka Show and others," he said.
Institute of PNG Studies director Don Nile said its K1, 000 was not much but he hoped it would go a long way in assist the committee's endeavours.
He said IPNGS would be documenting some traditional dances at the show for archival purposes.
Soles said the IPNGS proposal to document traditional dance and folklore was timely, given the onslaught of westernisation among young people.