Fundraising drives to get Hazel the help she needs


FUNDRAISING events have been held every weekend in Port Moresby, Lae, and Buka to reach the K200,000 mark so an eight-year-old girl can be treated for a rare blood disorder in the Philippines.
The medical appeal for Hazel Hakalits is only open for only a few weeks so she can treatment in Manila. She has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia (a rare condition in which the body stops producing enough new blood cells.)
Hakalits is of mix Buka, Daru and Kikori parentage.
Her father told The National that she had been in the Port Moresby General Hospital for five months undergoing tests.
He said Hazel needed blood transfusion every week to manage her condition and urgently needed the bone marrow transplant.
Hazel will be in the hospital until she travels to Manila for the surgery at St Luke’s Hospital.
Family members, friends and colleges have shared the load to help in little ways they can to support her.
According to the managing director of Paradise Private Hospital, Janet Sios, her Poroman Foundation donated K2000 towards the fund.
“We have to work together to help her medical bills and others who have faced such sickness because our country might not have the facilities,” Sios had said earlier.
“Hazel has a whole future ahead of her and our help will go a long way.” Hakalits’ father said so far they had done three fundraising drives including a barbecue outing at Roku Jetty and Rocky Beach before New Year, mumu dishes and sausage sizzles at the Paradise Private Hospital.
He said they hoped to look at hosting a corporate dinner.
All donations can be done to Bank South Pacific account number 100 042 1548.