Picture Caption: Daphne Varily addressing the school.
By Tumba Biinem
The Port Moresby International School through their Interact Club gave K10,000 to the Hanuabada Fire Appeal during the school’s assembly on Monday morning.
On hand to receive the cheque was Dadi Toka Jr on behalf of the Hanuabada Fire Appeal Fund Raising Committee.
According to Grade 12 students Daphne Varily and Melanie Yama, the Hanuabada Fire Appeal kick started towards the end of term 3 with fund raising activities like sausage sizzles, fun games and class contributions. The highest contributions came from the Grade 12’s who contributed a total of K4000.00 and the K6000.00 came from the Grade 7’s to the Grade 11’s.
The Interact Club is a student-run charity club of POMIS, affiliated to the Rotary Club of Boroko. It focuses on students helping students and on other charitable services to the community – both local and international. The club has a president in Alken Dimacale, vice president, Daniel Clues, secretary Meagan, treasurer, Shaun Tuguinay and other directors for the functioning of the club.
Over the years some of the projects Interact Club was involved in were books and desk donations to Gabadi Primary School, Gomore Primary School, Kerekadi Primary School, Kore Primary school, Daumagini Primary School, Kwikila Secondary School, Butuka Primary School, Kila Kila Primary school, Kaugere Primary and also donated water containers and water purifiers to villages in ENBP after the volcanic eruptions a few years back.
“We assisted some organisations in kind overseas: Cyclone Winston that hit Fiji and Vanuatu (via their high commissions), Typhoon Haiyan that hit Philippines, an Orphanage in Sri Lanka after the 2006 Boxing Day Tsunami, another orphanage in Fiji (via ex POMIS students) studying and living in Fiji.
The Grade 11s with the help of club members in Grades 7 and 8 led with organising the Hanuabada Fire Appeal, particularly Daphne Varily, Florence Nindivi, Cassandra Soi, Abigail Mai with their friends. In all, helping people in need is by way of encouraging our students to consider humanity in the big picture where some of us are so privilege where we take things for granted thus the Interact Club by a small way can put a smile on some people’s life can go a long way.
Mr Toka, thanked POMIS for the generous gesture and it would be a big help to the three hundred families who have lost their homes.
He said it is very encouraging to see students giving in times of need. He said the money add up to a total of K840, 000 collected so far.