By BURI GABI
AFTER he was spotted by scouts from Abergowrie College who came to PNG at the end of last year, 18-year-old rugby league talent from West New Britain province, Sylvester Simo, is appealing to the community in PNG.
Sylvester is a step close to realising his dreams in winning a scholarship in Australia, however, he will need the support of Papua New Guineans.
From Waganakai, Talasea, he was hand-picked for a rugby league scholarship this year with the Abegowrie College schoolboys rugby league in Queensland.
Under the scholarship, Sylvester is expected to meet the cost of his visa, undergo medical checks and meet travelling expenses from Hoskins to Cairns.
He would also need A$2,000 to be deposited into the Abergowrie College account in North Queensland for the release of a COD letter from his current school for the Australia Immigration Office in Port Moresby for his student visa to be released.
After receiving the news last year, Sylvester had been catching fish to sell at the local market in Kimbe.
So far, he has raised enough money to pay for his tickets, visa and other documentation required in PNG.
Sylvester is desperately in need of A$2,000 which will be deposited into the Abergowrie College account to complete the enrolment process.
A copy of the document obtained by The National yesterday showed that for two years, he will be a boarding student at the college.
The school will meet all his education and rugby league expenses.
This lifetime opportunity could see Sylvester making a breakthrough to the North Queensland Cowboys scholarship scheme.