CHRISTMAS cheers came early last Saturday to some 500 poor children, almost all of them orphans, from settlements around Port Moresby.
Each of them received a bag of presents like writing pads, notebooks and pencils, and goodies during a Christmas picnic hosted for them by Digicel, Digicel Foundation and WeCARe.
They were also treated with a nice lunch and ice cream for dessert
Many of them had a rare opportunity to have Polaroid pictures taken with the two Santa Claus “for posterity”.
Held at the Botanical Garden, the Christmas picnic is the first of many surprises the telco has planned for less-privileged children throughout the country during the holiday season.
Founder and chairman of the WeCARe Foundation, Father John Glynn ,said before the presents were distributed to the children: “This is a special Christmas treat for the many children from settlements and streets who are orphaned, neglected and who feel rejected and unloved.
“WeCARe Foundation strives to create a vision where children and women in these situations through support and care can become good, decent, valued and productive citizens of PNG.”
In a separate statement, Digicel chief executive John Mangos and a member of the Digicel Foundation said: “Today’s Christmas picnic is the beginning of Digicel’s mission to bring Christmas to more than 1,000 children across Papua New Guinea.
“The children are from the 25 community learning centres (CLC) around the country that Digicel Foundation set up during its first year of operations.
“We want to make this Christmas a special occasion for all those children who may not get a chance to celebrate otherwise we will do our best to put a smile on every child’s face this Christmas and the Digicel santa and his helpers will be on hand with a bag full of surprises for all the children,” Mr Mangos said.