Sunday, September 26, 2010

Indian community’s generous donation

A Friend of Tembari Children

THE Indian Association of PNG (IAPNG) was kind enough to include the Tembari Children Care (TCC) as a beneficiary of its fundraiser on Saturday night dubbed India Nite 2010.

Held at the Sir John Guise Stadium at Gordons, the show was aimed at cultural integration to bring together the people of India and Papua New Guinea.

Although my letter of request for funding assistance came at a time when the IAPNG board was already deliberating on what group should receive assistance, it was given kind consideration.

I addressed the request to association president Sudhir Guru of City Pharmacy.

Through the intercession of Krishna Raj, the association secretary who discussed during a meeting why The Center should also be considered for funding assistance, my appeal for help was immediately given credence and thus, included among seven other charitable groups operating in Port Moresby, notably among them the Cheshire Home of Hohola and the Charity of St Anne of Gerehu.

It was the first time that IAPNG heard about the Tembari children, although some from the Indian community have already been helping our children in one way of the other, namely Sadjani and Shian Kattapuram, Manas Panicker and Chandy Kurien – all of Trade Link International (TLI) which is engaged in trading industrial and health products, vehicles and farm machinery.

Just before the cultural show ended, Mr Guru explained the night’s event, saying that the show was not only a showcase of Indian culture and values but also means to raise funds which can be donated to charity organizations and people in need.

He said it was their little ways of giving back to the Papua New Guinean community, for which the association has donated close to K1 million to various organizations in PNG.

Mr Guru also announced the eight beneficiaries of the fundraiser, including the Tembari children which received a cheque for K2,000.

The association is an organization of about 80 Indian families living in Port Moresby, with some of the members having lived in PNG for about 20-25 years.

“Many of our kids have been born and brought up in PNG and have learnt Papua New Guinean ways.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that we contribute to the development and improvement of this young nation which many of us call home away from home.”

The event’s special guests were NCDC Governor Powes Parkop and the PNG High Commissioner in India Tarcy Eri.

The funding assistance would greatly help in boosting the day to day cash flow of The Center whose children’s needs are growing everyday.

Indian children singing the national anthems of India on Saturday during the cultural presentation sponsored by the Indian Association of PNG (IAPNG) at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

A cultural dance presentation participated in by the members of the Indian community in Port Moresby.

Association president Sudhir Guru delivering a remark before the presence of special guests NCD Gov Powes Parkop and PNG High Commissioner in India Tarcy Iri in which he explained the goal of India Nite 2010.

NCD Gov Powes Parkop (left) and PNG High Commissioner in India Tarcy Iri intently listening to Mr Guru’s speech.

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