By PETER WARI
WILLIAM Wangdui believes that helping those in need through small, unplanned acts or voluntarily will lift spirits and make everyone happy.
William, 32, from Waghi Wan in the Anglimp South Waghi district of Jiwaka, works with Ela Motors in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands, as a supervisor in the tyre and battery section.
William is the fourth eldest in a family of eight from the Jika Parligamp tribe.
His education journey started in 1994 when he attended the Kindeng Elementary School, then completed Grade Eight at the Kindeng Primary School in 2003.
He completed Grade 10 at the Togoba Secondary School in 2005 but was not selected for Grade 11.
He stayed home until 2009 when he joined the Commercial Training College in Mt Hagen. He was employed by the company in early Jan 2013.
His seven siblings are unemployed.
He organised a touch football competition for men and volleyball for women two weeks ago in his village. The competition brought together the Kanabugl, Waraki, Simbu Block, Nelpi, Kumdi and Jika tribes of Waghi Wan, and the surrounding Avi, Kindeng, Anglimp and Mulgamumb blocks.
“Sports unites people, especially youths. It builds relationship by bringing people to one place creating a similarity between people of things they like to do.
“It helps to overcome differences in communities and encourages dialogue and breaks down prejudice, stereotypes, cultural differences, ignorance, intolerance and discrimination.”
He plans to organise more sporting activities on each Independence Day to raise awareness on the dangers of drinking homebrew and smoking marijuana.
He wants to see more young people get involved in agricultural activities to make used of the ample fertile land.
“ If we really desire peace, we must help others, especially the poor and the school dropouts involved in illegal activities. They will feel happy and change their ways.”
The Independence Day celebrations was enjoyed by a lot people with organised games, greasy pole contest, tug of war, traditional string band competition and dart games. Prizes were awarded last Sunday.
Tambul-Nebilyer MP Win Bakri Daki and Anglimp South Waghi MP Joe Kuli allocated K4,000 each to support the event.
“I am happy that my effort to help youths and elderly people from various tribes to partake in organised events.”
He urges people earning wages and business houses to care for the less fortunate who need basic food items to survive.
“If we really desire peace, we must help others, especially the poor and the school dropouts involved in illegal activities. They will feel happy and change their ways.”
William works with councilor Kur Pepa and village magistrates Pit Komb, Atta Humba and James Agume to settle disputes, raise awareness and organise sporting activities.
He likes what someone said that “it’s easy to get so wrapped up in fixing your own life that you forget about helping others. And while it’s important to put yourself first sometimes, it’s even more important to help others whenever you can”.