The Southern Highlands Medical Students Associations received K10,000 contribution from Cane Constructions Limited (CCL) towards their fundraising campaign to raise K2.5 Million to buy a much-needed Computed Tomography Scanning Machine (CT Scan) for Mendi General Hospital.

CCL Project Development Manager Mr. Willie Dus presented the cheque to the SHP Students Union president Jonathan Kila Infront of a reception made up of SHP UPNG students at the Medical Faculty campus.

“This is part of our corporate social responsibility. As a proud 100% nationally owned construction firm, we want to give back to the community.

Your vision to start this fundraising drive to acquire the CT Scan Machine for the Southern Highlands Provincial hospital is an excellent one. These machines are very important that will save a lot of lives.” said Mr. Dus.

CT Scan machines are critical because it helps medical professionals accurately diagnose conditions, guides tests, monitor conditions of patients and ultimately gives them insights to administer proper treatments which has been glaringly lacking in the Southern Highlands.

The fundraising is an initiative of the SHP Medical Faculty students but the rest of SHP students attending UPNG have rallied behind the cause. On behalf of the UPNG SHP Students Union, President Johnathan Kila received the cheque from Wille Dus.

“This a fight to save lives in the Southern Highlands that we started and we are grateful to Cane Constructions Limited for supporting.

“It will be a long and hard road to raise the money needed to buy the CT Scan machine and we will use this K10, 000 from CCL as the foundation,” said Jonathan Kila.

UPNG SHP Medical Student Association President Felix David and Vice – President Samson Akivi were also thankful for CCL’s contribution, stating that many organizations have given a positive response but Cane Constructions is actually the first to present us with a cheque.

“This fundraising is not about us the students going after fame or a doing some political move. Our hearts are pure. We have seen the need in our province and as such we have decided to take action.

“We are grateful to Cane Constructions Limited and we urge other organizations to come on board support this cause too,” said Felix David.

Using the slogan, “ask not what SHP can do for you but what you can do for SHP,” the students have rallied so that the unfortunate people back in SHP who cannot afford to travel to other centers for medical services can be treated at home.

The Medical students have booked the Dynasty Restaurant at Vision City on Thursday, 20th of May from 6pm to 9pm for a fundraising dinner. Tickets are selling for K300 per person and K5000 Per Table for Corporate organizations.

For more information call Felix David on 7857 8616 or Samson Akivi on 7019 6790.

Buy a ticket and save lives!

artwork: Waga Kane

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