Photo: From left: Badili Club Treasurer Judy Ejampi and President Des Yaninen handing over a dummy of the cheque to Amanda Anderson and Charles Kaprangi from Oil Search Foundation.
The Badili Club, a non-profit leadership organisation, has donated 41,000 Kina through the Oil Search Foundation to support earthquake recovery efforts in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Drawing on its network of professionals in government and business, the Club was able to raise funds and match kina for kina donations with its members.
The generous donation will be used to procure essential equipment for the Hela Provincial Hospital labour ward, which have been damaged during the earthquake.
Badili Club President Des Yaninen said club members were saddened by the extent of damage caused by the earthquake and wanted to do something to help.
“We are pleased to work through the Oil Search Foundation, which has a strong track record of delivering relief supplies quickly,” Mr Yaninen said.
Hela Provincial Health Authority CEO, Dr James Kintwa said while the hospital was able to continue services following the February 26 earthquake and a number of powerful aftershocks, it was at times very
difficult due to the damage to buildings and equipment.
The Badili Club’s generous donation including a desktop steriliser and other labour ward equipment, will greatly assist doctors and nurses to provide essential care to mothers and babies.
The Oil Search Foundation, that is partnering with the Hela Provincial Health Authority, thanked the Badili Club for the donation and confirmed it will ensure the equipment reaches Tari as a matter of priority.