Project to help ed­u­cate PNG girls

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

DAYS For Girls Project sup­port­ers gath­ered at Bridgetown Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Mon­day fol­low­ing a “re­sound­ingly suc­cess­ful” fundraiser on Sun­day.

Women from Pa­pua New Guinea, Alva Meti, Chris­tine Chris­tine Gawi-Frank and Theresa Endy, trav­elled to Aus­tralia for the spe­cial high tea which raised money for their project.

Bridgetown Days For Girls spokes­woman Brenda Dawes said 114 peo­ple at­tended the high tea at Bridgetown Gar­dens.

“It was over­whelm­ing, the sup­port we got,” she said.

“Peo­ple came from Perth, Bun­bury, Bus­sel­ton – they all heard about it and wanted tick­ets to come.”

Mrs Meti said the aim was to raise 10,000 kina or $4000, with about 3500 kina al­ready raised separately in PNG, to fit out sea con­tain­ers as a sewing work­shop and store­room.

The money will be used to set up a ded­i­cated work­shop for the mak­ing of re­us­able san­i­tary kits for women who can­not af­ford the dis­pos­able prod­ucts used here.

“What lit­tle money they have goes to­wards ba­sic needs at home and lit­er­ally noth­ing for the daugh­ters for san­i­tary pads,” Mrs Meti said.

With­out san­i­tary prod­ucts and be­cause of ta­boos sur­round­ing men­stru­a­tion, many PNG girls still miss school, she said, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for them to com­plete their ed­u­ca­tion. The New Is­land Prov­ince women and Mrs Dawes were due to speak to Ro­tary club mem­bers on Mon­day night to seek more sup­port.

Ticket sales from the tea and a silent auc­tion on Sun­day raised $4600, and raf­fle tick­ets are still avail­able.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Pa­pua New Guinea vis­i­tors Alva Meti, third from left rear, and Chris­tine Gawi-Frank, front, and Theresa Endy, se­cond from right, en­joy morn­ing tea at the Bridgetown Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Mon­day with Maureen Flem­ming, Bar­bara Fitz­patrick, Lily Jac­ques, Tricia Brandt, Brenda Dawes, Brooke Mur­phy and Sia Jac­ques-Chaudhry.

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