18 from Baiyer plan walkathon

Highlands, Normal

The National, Wednesday, May 11, 2011

EIGHTEEN youths from the Waknam Assemblies of God church in Baiyer district, Western Highlands, have planned a walkathon this week to raise K100,000 to help their community.
The youths left Mt Hagen yesterday for Lae and will then walk to Port Moresby by trekking the famous Kokoda Track.
The aim is to help build a literacy centre, kindergarten and to support local church activities.
They believe once those plans are in place, it will make people become productive in the community.
Youth coordinator and spokesperson Thomas Pot said their aim was to raise K100,000.
Pot said they would depart from Lae and head for Popondetta in Northern, today before hitting the Kokoda Track.
He said people should not depend too much on the government and should find ways to help themselves.
He said their (youths) aim to help their community in whatever way they could as long as it benefited the people.
Pot said, so far, they had raised K13,000.
He said they left Mt Hagen on Monday and would depart Lae for Northern today.
Pot said with such projects they could help fight against HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, violence against women and in other issues affecting people and were calling for aid.
Anyone who wanted to support them could make direct deposits to account Waknam AOG church, account number 100 246949 BSP Mt Hagen branch.