Wednesday, 19 October, 2016 –National Capital District||Inaugural Men of Honour Awards winner, Jimmy Drekore has thanked Digicel PNG Foundation for the national recognition which has paved the way for him to be recognised internationally.
Mr. Drekore was announced the World of Children Award Health Honoree in September, and award also known as the Nobel Prize for Child Advocacy. World of Children Award is a global recognition and funding program for people specifically and exclusively serving the needs of children.
Jimmy Drekore is our inaugural, FY14/15 Digicel PNG Foundation Men of Honour awardee. He also took out the Digicel Leadership Award in the Leadership category for his service to humanity, helping the sick and disadvantaged children in Simbu, after he founded the Simbu Children’s Foundation (SCF) in 2004.
This was said by Digicel PNG Foundation CEO, Beatrice Mahuru, when congratulating Jimmy on the win said Jimmy was an amazing man whose work and sacrifice speaks over the last 12 years volumes.
“Jimmy is a trail blazer not only for Papua New Guinea but also for the Pacific Island Nation. He chose to give up a well-paid career to volunteer his life for the good of children in Simbu.” Ms. Mahuru said.
Ms. Mahuru said the Men of Honour is an innovative campaign against violence that shines the light on ordinary men doing extrodinary deeds in their communities for the world to see in effort to change its perspective of PNG men who have been vilified for decades.
“Jimmy will be carrying the PNG Flag as a true home-grown Man of Honour on the international stage and for this I am very proud,” Ms. Mahuru said.
Ms. Mahuru made a call to the government to recognise men like Mr. Drekore and support them in their reach to communities to be wider and further. The Digicel Foundation CEO also made an appeal to the public to continue to nominate brothers, sons, fathers, and uncles, alive of have passed on for the Men of Honour Awards so that more great men like Jimmy can be exposed to the international arena.
To date Digicel PNG Foundation has funded 496 classrooms and 20 libraries, 23 Mobile Health Clinics, 6 rural Health Aid Posts, 3 Women’s Resource Centres, co-funded 5 Family Support Centres in partnership with UNICEF and NDoH. We have graduated 261 grassroots community based teachers in early childhood development and learning and over 15,000 men and women are now equipped with basic business skills.
Over 900 people with special needs, together with their families and communities have been impacted positively by the Community Based Rehabilitation Program; and the Men of Honour Awards – a campaign against violence in PNG, is the latest to the Foundation’s development portfolio. So far, we have 10 winners, 30 finalists and 162 nominations. Digicel PNG Foundation appreciates that change is not going to happen overnight, but it will happen.
Established in October 2008, Digicel PNG Foundation has directly invested K65 million in PNG’s rural, remote and socially marginalized communities across all 22 provinces directly impacting over 500,000 people.