DAISY TANIOVA PAWA
THE youths from Lae City Mission had one more reason to smile as they were presented with a cheque for K5,000 from Lae Hash House Harriers (LHHH) last week.
LHHH made this donation when it became aware of City Mission’s financial plight to carry out its operations.
This cheque was one of the many donations received by the mission from clubs, charity organisations and business houses in the last couple of weeks.
LHHH became aware of the conditions facing the mission through an email from Lae Chamber of Commerce.
Its members decided that Lae City Mission was a worthwhile cause and all voted for the donation to be given to the mission.
City Mission coordinator, Larry George, was present to receive the cheque and thanked the club for the donation.
“Many of our youths that turn up on our door seeking help have had little or no education.
“Many have been rejected by their families and feel neglected by the Government.
“The mission helps to build their self esteem and confidence and gives them a sense of worth.
“Without the support of City Mission, these youth end up joining the street gangs and become involved in a life of crime,” Mr George said.
The mission provides literacy, vocational and agriculture training and also assists the young men find employment.
Mr George said all services provided by the mission were without charge and that was why it was vital that the public supported the mission in cash or kind.
He said without the support of churches, business houses, NGOs and organisations like the LHHH, “we will not be able to continue with this work”.