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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, May 30) - Port Moresby General Hospital has received a donation of K85,000 (US$26,400) from the Malaysian Association of Papua New Guinea. This was part of K150,000 raised at the association’s Charity Golf event played on Friday.

The other K65,000 went to the Port Moresby City Mission (K15,000); Sir Buri Kidu Foundation (K10,000); HOPE PNG (K10,000); Cheshire Home (K10,000); Missionary of Charity (K10,000); and Canossa School of Life (K10,000).

Sir Brian Bell, who received the donation on behalf of the general hospital, said he was heartened by the generous response to the event, and the amount of money raised.

He urged all charities to use public donations wisely and be transparent in their activities in order to keep the public’s trust and support.

"The hospital depends a great deal on public donations. We do not get enough from Government. We buy our own medicines. Patients pay K1 for consultation and K1 for their medicines," he said.

He added that part of the association’s donation will fund the annual open-heart surgery program planned for August.

Referring to the current political jostling for government, Sir Brian reminded leaders that the business community needed stability to operate and contribute to the country.

This is the fourth year the Malaysian Association has organized the event. Fifty-two 52 teams representing mostly business houses in PNG paid K1,000 each to take part in the golf game at the Port Moresby Golf Club on Friday.

During the Presentation Dinner at the Grand Palace Restaurant the following day, attended by about 350 people, another K37,000 was raised in an auction of art items and collectibles made in PNG and China. Among them were fine silk embroidery and intricate wood carvings.

Mr Hillary Wong, of Port Moresby City Mission, was the auctioneer. The highest price paid was K5,000, by businessman Francis Lee, for a framed copper tooling Bird of Paradise State Crest.

Mr Lu, who thanked the participants in the event, said many direct cash donations were also received. "We have achieved a record total of K150,000. Last year we raised K94,000."

Malaysian High Commissioner and patron of the association, Dato Kamilan Maksom, while congratulating the organizers for the successful charity drive, urged more Malaysians to help the less fortunate in Papua New Guinea.

"Many Malaysians run businesses here ... it will be good corporate practice to give back some (profits) to the section of the local community who need assistance," he said.

May 31, 2004

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