The event was launched with a hefty K50,000 sponsorship from foundation sponsor Oil Search Limited and Lae based Mapai Transport Limited, who contributed K25,000 each.
This is the sixth year that the event will be hosted to support the work of the PNG Cancer Relief Society in Lae. It will be held in Lae on August 19th, 2016.
Angau hospital in Lae is the national referral centre for all cancer patients in PNG. The PNG Cancer Relief Society works very closely with the medical practitioners at Angau to compliment the work that the medical professionals do.
The sponsorship covers the hosting of the event whilst 100 per cent of the funds raised from the event goes directly to the PNG Cancer Relief Society to assist their work.
Speaking during the launch at the Lae Golf Club on Friday, Oil Search PNG Communications Manager Ruth Waram said Oil Search was a proud sponsor of the event as the funds raised would go a long way in the fight against cancer in PNG.
Waram said Oil Search joined in the fight against Cancer in PNG 14 years ago, through the sponsorship of the annual Daffodil Corporate Golf Challenge in Port Moresby, working together with the Cancer Foundation of PNG.
“Oil Search as proud PNG company, is happy to participate and assist with activities that make a difference to the lives of Papua New Guineans,” Ms Waram said.
She said as the national referral centre was at Angau in Lae, Oil Search, together with the local event organising committee headed by Mapai Transport managing director Jacob Luke started the Lae event, which has been a great success to date with the support of the Lae business community.
Ms Waram said cancer treatment is an expensive exercise, with only a few that can afford it travelling overseas, whilst the majority seek medical treatment locally, and Oil Search was pleased to support the local medical practitioners and their supporters in the fight against cancer in PNG.
According to Luke, the 2016 event theme is Keep fit – live healthy, and invited all corporate houses and other generous donors to support this worthy cause.
“The Daffodil Corporate Golf Challenge is has been a success through the generous support of the private sector, who spend their time and money to play golf and raise much needed funds to support the plight of the cancer patients,’’ Luke said.
“The task of looking after cancer patients is a government responsibility, and not a private or corporate responsibility, however, cancer patients are a neglected group of people, who are already in an extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged position.
“We undertake this fundraising activity as good responsible corporate citizens and also to show our love and care for these patients. Cancer patients are part of our community,’’ Luke said.
1. Caption: Oil Search PNG Communications Manager Ruth Waram presenting the dummy cheque to members of the Lae Daffodil Cup organising committee John Buri and Oscar Todi in Lae on Friday.