School raises K20,000 for charity

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By PETER ESILA
A CAROLS-by-candlelight charity concert by the Gordon International School in Port Moresby ended in a donation of K20,065 to the Friends Foundation Inc.
Deputy principal Florence Sorman said during the event on Wednesday night the purpose was to bring the Gordon International School community together, experience the festive season “and the joy of giving for a worthy cause”.
She said K10,000 was handed over by the parents on the night while another donation to be done today.
She said the school would also be delivering 200 shoe-boxes packed with goodies and gifts for children of the foundation and other K10,065 which came from ticket and label sales raised by the school.
Friends Foundation Inc founder Tessie Soi was moved by the school’s kind gesture.
It is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to helping prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. It also supports mothers and children who are already living with the virus.
Soi said: “I have cared for over 3000 friends, I have buried over 369 babies, I have assisted over 1000 babies from becoming positive.
“At present, Friends Foundation is assisting 27 babies with lactogen milk. These are babies born to positive parents. At six (years old), we take them off the breast milk so that we keep them negative up until two years when the child develops her own immune system.”

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