Community initiative raises K14,000 for primary school


KERAWARA Primary School on Duke York Island, East New Britain, received a cheque for K14,250 from the Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort in Kokopo last month.
The money was to subsidise of the students’ project fees.
On April 26, the Kerarwara community witnessed the fruit of the “Kabakon Island Survivor” initiative and were presented with funds raised through the initiative by the reort’s operations manager Wayne Abraham.
Kabakon Island Survive is the brainchild of ward member Eron Corey and the Kerawara community in conjunction with Simon and Evelyn Foo of the resort.
Abraham told The National on Friday that the project began in 2015 with the construction of a small traditional house on the neighbouring (uninhabited) Kabakon Island.
He said the island’s primary function was to cater to tourists or local visitors wanting to spend the weekend away on the island.
“Around this same time the initiative also saw the implementation of a small site fee for use of the island and its beach,” he said.
The funds raised were collected by the resort and deposited into the Kabakon Island account with a monthly summary issued to Corey.
“We would like to congratulate the community of Kerawara for providing the labour for construction and maintenance as well as care of the facilities on Kabokon Island,” Abraham said.
He also thanked the Kerawara community for hosting tourists and local visitors to their island.
Abraham said their continued effort had benefited their children’s education and would enable them to build a better future for their community.

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