By KARI TOTONA
CHILDREN at the Cheshire Homes in Port Moresby had a fun-filled early Christmas celebration with the Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane over the weekend at the Lamana Gold Club.
They were part of the second Governor-General Digicel carols by candlelight celebrations that kept them on their feet for two hours, along with their friends from the PNG Children Foundation and the Rotary Club.
The programme started at 6pm with entertainments by up-and-coming singers who sang to the tunes of the popular Christmas carols like Silent Night, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, All I Want for Christmas is You and The First Noel.
Digicel PNG and the Rotary Club also showed their support by chipping in gifts and surprises that had every face lit with a smile.
Cheshire Homes administration officer Sinclair Tau Loi said the children enjoyed every single entertainment to the very last and the best surprise item was the colourful fireworks display by Lamana Gold Club.
“Our disabled children stay here and like any able person it becomes boring staying in one place.
So this opportunity given by Sir Paulias, Digicel and the Rotary Club is greatly appreciated and we thank them all,” he said.
“Bringing them out was an opportunity they had always longed for and the fireworks had them all smiling, it was wonderful to see their faces light up,” he said.
“We only took 15 of our residents who are able to walk or talk to make things easy for us as these are people with special needs and their care and safety is our paramount concern.”
The first Governor-General’s carols by candlelight was held last year at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby with a good attendance by city residents.
Meanwhile, Digicel PNG Foundation has already made 15 visits to different community learning centres (CLC) nationwide to bring Christmas to more than 1000 disadvantaged children.