THE New Ireland provincial government has responded positively to the Samoa tsunami appeal by contributing K25,000 on behalf of the province.
The people of Samoa were hit recently by the tsunami disaster which killed about 200 people and caused great loss to thousands in the Pacific island nation.
The K25,000 cheque was hand-delivered at a dinner in Port Moresby last Saturday by the chairman of the New Ireland provincial autonomy committee and secretary of the provincial forum for development, Steven Mokis, to the chairman of the Samoa tsunami fundraising committee Dr Lautofa McCarthy.
Mr Mokis made the presentation on behalf of Governor Sir Julius Chan, who could not attend due to other commitments.
Mr Mokis read the accompanying letter from the Governor in which Sir Julius stated that he admired the courage of the PNG- Samoa community to disallow sorrow to overcome them and seek support and assistance from Pacific friends to help their countrymen.
Sir Julius conveyed the sympathies of the New Ireland people saying, many, including the Prime Minister, were personal friends nevertheless knowing that Samoan leaders and their determination to overcome unexpected disasters, he (Sir Julius) knew Samoa would rebuild and rise from the mud of the terrible tragedy.
The cheque represented the contribution of the Government and people of New Ireland in answer to a request from the Samoa Tsunami Committee to Sir Julius for assistance to help the distressed people devastated by the tsunami.