The function is expected to raise?approximately K4 million for hospitals, health centres, medical professionals?and patients in Papua New Guinea.
Prior to the First Lady of Papua New?Guinea?s presentation there were a number of brief speeches by two former First?Ladies of Colorado, Ms. Michelle Hau?ofa, Director of Operations?for the?PNG?Tribal Foundation and Ms. Meg O?Neill, vice president, ExxonMobil Production?Company.
Mrs. Babao?s speech was outstanding and?Tribal Foundation Board Member and Chief Operating Officer Michelle Hau?ofa did?an amazing job introducing the work that the Tribal?Foundation performs with?all of our great partners.
This was a great opportunity to pull?some of our significant partners together Children?s Hospital Colorado (who?hosted the VIP reception for Mrs. Babao), Project C.U.R.E and Exxon?Mobile.??The entire costs for the event,?$100,000 USD, were underwritten by ExxonMobil.?
This is the first time that a First?Lady of?PNG?has traveled to the United States in support of a major fundraiser?focused on the needs of Papua New Guinea.
Project C.U.R.E.?s CEO, Dr. Douglas?Jackson, was very pleased with the event and stated,? Project C.U.R.E. and our?1800 guests are honored to assist First Lady Babao in her vision?to change the?world for the people of Papua New Guinea.
Her speech was amazing and the people?of Colorado are beyond impressed with Mrs. Babao and her passion for her country.??With our team from Tribal Foundation and?ExxonMobil,?the future looks bright because of this landmark day.?
This was one of a number of goodwill?stops by Mrs. Babao across the state of Colorado, with various business and?community groups.??These groups included?speaking about?education??at schools?which are interested in partnering with schools in Papua New Guinea; the City?Council and Mayor of Montrose, Colorado; and then with Childen?s Hospital?Colorado senior leadership and board members regarding pediatric and?maternal/fetal healthcare in?PNG.