Fight against violence gets support

National, Normal

The National, Thursday August 1st, 2013

 A CAR dealer has donated a vehicle to help the Life and Business Skills programme address family and sexual violence.

Ela Motors donated a Toyota Hilux dual cab to enhance the implementation of the programme in Mt Hagen. 

The company’s sponsorship, worth K97,000, was topped up by K10,000 from Digicel PNG Foundation to cover the price of the vehicle.

The vehicle will help increase the coverage of the programme, which addresses family and sexual violence. 

“We at Ela Motors have had a strong, ongoing relationship with Digicel PNG Foundation over the past few years and have seen the benefits of the work they do in remote and rural communities and we are extremely proud to be associated with the programme in Mt Hagen,” Ela Motors national sales manager David Lowe said.  

Bishop Douglas Young received the vehicle on behalf of the programme’s implementing partner, the Mt Hagen Catholic Archdiocese, and blessed the vehicle. 

“We have heard of the success of the Life and Business Skills programme in Port Moresby and we are delighted to partner with Digicel PNG Foundation to facilitate the programme here in Mt Hagen where the impact will be enormous,” Bishop Young said.

Digicel Foundation chief executive officer Beatrice Mahuru thanked Ela Motors, saying the donation was timely.

She said the foundation’s investment in the programme aimed to reduce violence through a community conversation using drama as the platform to promote discussion. 

It allowed participants to identify wrong actions correct them through the drama.