Soldiers’ wives in Lae prepare to host convention


WIVES of soldiers in Igam Barracks in Lae, Morobe, are preparing to host the 6th military wives convention (MWC) with the aim to encourage spiritual and physical wellbeing as the core of family units in military barracks.
The MWC is scheduled for July 1 to 5 and estimated to cost K100,000 to cater for logistics, accommodation and food for the visiting friends during the gathering.
Igam military wives president Helen Tovaboda said the convention would bring all the wives of military officers throughout the country to participate in spiritual activities as well discuss issues affecting wives of soldiers.
“PNGDF is a State agency and in its White Paper reads ‘Put God First’ and as the wives of the soldiers, we have the duty to support our husbands to serve God, Queen and humanity,” she said.
“As mothers, we are the pillar of family homes and we must ensure to keep that fire alive to ensure our husbands are physically, mentally and spiritually fit to serve the State.”
Tovaboda said the women were organising a mini show at Igam on April 27-28 to raise funds to support the gathering.
She is being assisted by Monica Eki and Maria Banian.
PNGDF engineer battalion’s regimental sergeant major Joel Sogiri is the chief coordinator of the show.
Sogiri said the main activities include live band concert by K-Dumen and Leonard Kania including military displays and mock battle, traditional dances, young talents, creative dances, brass band and displays of various items.
The entry fee is K10 adults and K5 children (7-15 years).
Sogiri urged business houses and small-medium entrepreneurs and interested people to contact him on 7330 9673 to secure stalls selling for K100 private and K250 for corporate clients.
A corporate dinner is scheduled for May 25.