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.