The Catholic Church and community in Hahela, Buka were happy to get a newly reconstructed community stage, thanks to Bank South Pacific (BSP).
The project was undertaken by Buka branch staff with help from a local contractor and members of the community.
The project took two months to complete and was handed over on Saturday 19th December.
BSP staff volunteered over the weekends to get their hands dirty with cleaning around the area, dismantling the old stage, carpentry work, installing sheet of roofing iron and finally giving the new stage a fresh coat of paint.
Commonly known as the ‘Bishops Stage’, this area is used as a central meeting area for church and community gatherings and the renovation was well received by community and church elders.
Bougainville Catholic Diocese, Bishop Bernard Unabali expressed his gratitude towards the bank for assistance.
“Now the community has a newly constructed stage to utilise for the development of school children and adults via various church run training and awareness programs” Bishop Unabali said.
BSP branch manager Julie Warren officiated at the handover ceremony and said the bank was a proud part of the community and pleased to contribute to a project that everyone would benefit from.
“I would urge everyone to look after this facility as it will benefit you in the years to come,” Ms Warren said.
Meanwhile in East New Britain, team work between BSP Kokopo and BSP Rabaul saw the completion and handover of sporting facilities for Malaguna Technical School.
A total of 4 sporting courts comprising 2 basketball courts and 2 multi-purpose courts (netball/volley) were refurbished to excellent condition.
In Pigama, BSP Moro handed over over a newly constructed bus stop to the local community and BSP Kavieng delivered a bus stop and a refurbished aid post to the Kaselok community.
Five branches including Port Moresby, Kainantu, Goroka and Alotau will be handing over their projects in the following days which makes December a very busy time for BSP staff with a total of 9 projects handed over to local communities.
BSP has been investing in a diverse range of community projects, including health, education and sport programs in the community. By the end of 2015, BSP branches and Strategic Business Units (SBU) will have successfully delivered 39 communities around the nation with worthy projects.