Monday, 25th November, 2013 – Port Moresby, PNG: Digicel Foundation kicked off its Christmas activities for the festive season with a visit to two Community Learning Centers (CLCs) today; the O’Connor CLC and ANCOP CLC at Gerehu Stage 5 & 6.A total of 310 children attending these CLCs received presents from Digicel Foundation with the generous assistance of Digicel PNG staff volunteers who took time off work to share the Christmas spirit of giving. The children also received gifts from Operations Christmas Child (OCC). OCC is a project of Samaritan’s Purse Australia, an International Christian relief organization as part of demonstrating the love of God to the marginalized children. Also for the first time this year, the Foundation prepared special gifts to award the best ‘performing girl and boy of each CLCs. This award is mainly to motivate and encourage students punctuality to attend school every day to learn as much as they can. Digicel Foundation CEO-Beatrice Mahuru said; “When you see the humble beginnings of our CLC and the strides they have taken to become sustainable, you cannot help but admire their passion, commitment and tenacity to overcome the odds.” O’Connor CLC was one of the best performing CLC in 2013. This is a reflection of the commitment and effort of teachers with great management direction from head teacher Renagi Tomuriesa.The ANCOP CLC is unique. Unlike all our CLCs, the ANCOP CLC offers early childhood learning including bridging program for children aged 10-21 years old. At the presentation of the gifts Aileen Damu, Head Teacher of ANCOP said “We are so proud of how far we have come with the assistance of the Digicel Foundation. We are excited by Digicel’s presence in our school and thankful for your time in cheering up our children this Christmas. In the weeks leading up to Christmas day, Digicel Foundation, with the help of Digicel staff volunteers, will be visiting close to 30 Digicel Foundation funded community projects across PNG sharing the joy of Christmas with less fortunate children. The visits to the Port Moresby CLCs include: City Mission (Mirigeda), Paga Hill, St Francis (9Mile Kukipi Block), Enei Monou (8 Mile), Gateway (Moitaka wildlife), Makana (9Mile), Dinalata (Central Province) and Power Station (8 Mile), Robert’s Corner (6Mile), Goosey Grace (Gomore – Central Province), Sinaugoro (Saroa Central Province) and Malalaua (Gulf Province). In the Highlands Region, the visits for Mt Hagen include Biapuri, Havi Elroi, Keltiga, and Malgtamb and, for Goroka are Massey, Baroida Colbrans and YWCA. In Lae, Digicel staff volunteers will visit Duna Elementary School in West Taraka, 2 Mile City Mission and, Bumbu Catholic Church. Digicel Foundation CEO concluded: “We believe that the visits to our Digicel Foundation partner communities nationwide will go a long way in making this Christmas a special occasion for all those children who may not get a chance to celebrate otherwise. We will do our best to put a smile on every child’s face this Christmas with the Digicel Santa and his helpers on hand with a gift pack full of surprises for every child.” The Digicel Foundation aims to bring Christmas to 3,000 disadvantaged children with more than 20 visits to Digicel Foundation funded projects nationwide from Monday 25 th November to Saturday 14 th December 2013.