Posted by Merv McCormack
on 23 May 2017
The Lasallian Mission Council (LMC), the lead entity in assisting the promotion of the mission of the De La Salle Brothers and Partners in the District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea (ANZPPNG), is pleased to announce that Oakhill College will generously house the next container of resources bound for Papua New Guinea (PNG).
LMC has sent several containers to PNG since the project began last year. Typically, the containers are loaded to the brim with second-hand books, uniforms, tables and chairs, filing cabinets, pens and paper, computers, whiteboard markers, etc, goods which we take for granted in a rich country like ours, but which are expensive for our cash-strapped Lasallian colleagues and students in PNG.
The container housed at Oakhill will be filled in the time ahead before being shipped to PNG. LMC is extremely grateful to Principal, Br Steve Hogan; to Director of Mission, Mr Chris Goodman, and to Oakhill College grounds staff, who have graciously accepted and supported this wonderful initiative. We also invite any and all members of the Oakhill community to get involved in the project. Perhaps there are superfluous items like the ones mentioned above sitting at home, or in the garage, perhaps in your workplaces, which you might be able to donate to this most worthy cause in PNG?
Perhaps you might be in a position to assist with contacts in the transport or freight forwarding industries? It costs LMC about $15,000 to purchase a used container, and transport and ship it from Sydney to Port Moresby, so any Oakhill contacts which may help in reducing costs will be gratefully accepted. Maybe, someone has some spare space in a warehouse where resources might be neatly held until ready for loading into the container.
I can assure you that our PNG cousins are extremely grateful for the assistance which we are privileged to be able to offer. St Luke once wrote that: "To whom much is given, much is expected". Here in this wonderful country of ours, we have been given much. Thank you for considering how we might be able to share some of our good fortune with Lasallian staff and students in PNG.
Any enquiries will be gratefully received by either Julie Alibrandi (LMC's Operations Manager) or Joanne Nehme (LMC's Project Officer) on 9795 6400.