By BOSORINA ROBBY
TODAY marks Human Rights Day and end of the 20-day of human rights activism.
The special day with this period was Dec 3, the International Day for Disabled Persons (IDDP), dedicated to persons with disabilities.
The IDDP celebrations included a launch of a strategic plan 2010-14 to cater for all the special needs of persons with disabilities (PWD), a gathering at the Cheshire Homes and a gala concert at the Crowne Plaza hosted by the PNG Paralympics Committee.
The concert featured talented singers and dancers who suffered from speech, hearing and vision impairments and lack of mobility.
Committee president Bernard Chan said the gala event was to purchase new sporting equipment for the athletes with a partnership of the UNDP and the Planning and Monitoring Department.
The talents were from Red Cross, Cheshire Homes, Braille Boys Band of Mt Zion, Goroka, and the Paralympics Committee.
“A good example is our silver medallist at the Beijing Paralympics Games last year, Francis Kompaon.
“He was the first paralympian to receive a silver medal and has raised the level higher for all of us,” Mr Chan said.
He said that Mr Kompaon was studying for his bachelor in commerce in Australia as well as training, which is all part of the prize package given by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare.
The gala concert also featured lucky door prizes of wine bottles and some auctioned items which raised K25,000.