The National – Monday, December 6, 2010
By TROY TAULE UPNG journalism student
A FAMOUS painter from Australia has donated hundreds of prints of his most famous paintings valued at over K100,000 to be sold for the benefit of vision-impaired people in the country.
Hal Holman, who designed the crest of PNG in 1972, has always had a fascination with the people of PNG ever since arriving in 1942 and says he wants to give something back to the country he is inspired by.
The money from the sale of Holman’s paintings will be used to cover the operational costs for Dr Amyna Sultan from the Pacific International Hospital to operate on people who have eye problems.
Sultan said the money raised would be used to buy artificial lens implant to insert into a patient’s eyes.
Sultan said PIH would provide free operating room facilities for her to carry out operations which would also be free.
The work being done is in line with an initiative by Word Health Organisation (WHO) to reduce unnecessary avoidable blindness in the world by the year 2020.
The paintings would be sold by painters from the Aviat Painters Club who originally came up with fundraiser for those with eye problems.
The prints of Homan’s paintings can be obtained by contacting Kathy Chue on 321 4508
or Monica Seddon on 325 4999.
The paintings are selling at K500 per set of four and all donations are tax deductible.