The Polar Bear Habitat is expected to get a little boost at carnival this year as the Tungol Library Project will be donating $1000 with the hopes of raising more.
For the last couple of years, a local family, Symone Dawanincura and her partner Arthur Hannett
have been working on the Elizabeth Hannett Library at Tungol, Nissan Island, the largest of the Green Islands of Papua, New Guinea.
They have successfully collected thousands of books from Northern Ontario communities and last year the library was realized on the distant island.
“I just received word from Nissan that since the installation of solar power, Tungol Primary School has opened its doors to the community for night time studies in the library for school leavers and adults to continue their education through Flexible and Open Distance Education (FODE),” said Dawanincura who spearheaded the project. “I am extremely proud that the Tungol community continues to invest in their children’s education by taking the initiative to make available the FODE program in Nissan. This has all been made possible due to the library and access to the internet offline through the RACHEL device we installed last year.”
The project continues with the desire to add 20 computers for the library. Keep up with what the group is doing via Facebook.
“We are currently awaiting a shipment library books through our Australian partner, Books 4 PNG Kids located in Brisbane. This time we will be delivering to two schools in northern Bougainville.” noted Dawanincura.
Besides devoting time and money for this project, last year, the family did a Polar Bear Challenge in aid of a young Papua New Guinean girl, Hazel Hakalits, who was suffering from Aplastic Anemia and raised the equivalent of $3 thousand in Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, the young lady passed away so this year’s event is dedicated to the memory of her as well as the late Lina Tremblay-Joseph of Iroquois Falls, who was instrumental in the book drive.
Dawanincura said this year they wanted to thank the north for their continued support.
“We decided to give back to the communities of Northeastern Ontario who donated so generously to our 2017/2018 book drive,” she commented.
The Tungol Polar Bears, Dawanincura and Hannett’s daughters and their friends will be taking the plunge again this year in another Polar Bear Challenge to raise money for the Polar Bear Habitat. They will be joining efforts with Y&S Incorporated to sell t-shirts with the proceeds going to the habitat.
Dawanincura added “The Tungol Polar Bears, the Polar Bear Habitat and Y& S Incorporated would like to send a friendly challenge out to the community to buy their Polar Bear Habitat t-shirts and take the plunge with us (wearing your Y&S shirts) on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1pm. Help us support a very worthwhile cause.”
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