PM launches Radio Maria fundraising
- Abigail Seta and Nigel Akuani
Port Moresby: Prime Minister James Marape committed K250,000 to Radio Maria as he launched its Mariathon Fundraising Drive to sustain its work of evangelizing through sharing the ‘Good News.’
The fundraising was launched on Wednesday, 13th May at the Radio Maria headquarters in Gordons and concluded on 18th May.
The prime minister who was the keynote speaker at the launch also toured the facilities of Radio Maria and stated that Radio Maria as a media organisation plays an important role in society by monitoring the government’s actions and more importantly providing the inspiration of God to the people.
“Mediums like Radio Maria continue to disseminate correct information to society as well as keep the government and public servants balanced and in check with what we do. I am here to ensure that proper societal knowledge and acknowledgement of this sort of small but key facilities in our country are given the correct support they deserve,” said Mr Marape.
The launch of the fundraising was graced by the presence of His Eminence Sir John Cardinal Ribat MSC; Acting Health Secretary, Dr Paison Dakulala; General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Fr Giorgio Licini PIME; Ambassador Gabriel Dusava; Mr Fabian Chow, Chairman of the Fresh Produce Development Authority and Managing Director Coastal Shipping.
“Radio Maria is a worldwide network for the Church, and we have Radio Maria PNG. I am grateful that everyone has come to be a part of this. It is now up to us to fundraise and support its work,” stated the Cardinal as he addressed the gathering.
Following the official launch, a pledge of K17,000 was made by the Acting Health Secretary, Dr Paison Dakulala who, in his speech, gave a brief awareness on precautionary measures against COVID-19. Mr Fabian Chow also pledged K10,000 on behalf of his family.
With its theme “Bringing Mary's smile to everyone,” the station is working to extend its network across the country and provide leadership for Radio Maria in the region.