The Nationa, Monday July 16th, 2012
THE University of Papua New Guinea Lasitewa Fire Appeal Committee last Friday received donations from business houses in Port Moresby.
The National and Star Printers, RH Hypermarket, Brian Bell, BNG Trading, Papua New Guinea Freezers (PNF) and TST Boroko Supermarket donated items such as towels, toothbrushes, pillows and snacks to the affected male occupants of Lasitewa hall.
The National’s advertising manager Bernard Aisi said the newspaper company was happy to step out and help the 150 male students who lost basic items in the fire two weeks ago.
University Vice-Chancellor Prof Ross Hynes acknowledged the timely help from the donors, saying the university had had a hard time in addressing the mishap.
“We are truly humbled by your actions,” he said.
Hynes said the fire, which affected everyone, brought new courage for the university to move forward.
He said the fire and previous calamities on campus collectively showed that most university facilities were old and needed maitenance.
UPNG student representatives council president Emmanuel Isaac said such action by business houses showed their unbending relationship with the university.
“Your assistance is a big thing, we don’t mind the quality of goods you have donated,” he said.
Korean Embassy, university staff and former students helped financially.
Distribution took place last Saturday at the university’s public relations and marketing office.