Port Moresby lends a hand for disability services

Allens' Port Moresby team recently donned their chefs hats to support Cheshire disAbility Services PNG, which provides care and education for people living with disabilities who have special needs.

Founded in 1965, Cheshire disAbility Services aims to make a positive difference to the lives of children and people with disabilities by creating opportunities for social inclusion and an environment in which they are treated with dignity and respect.

Supported by friends and family members, the Allens team volunteered for Cheshire disAbility Services' sausage sizzle, a weekly event to raise funds to meet the organisation's operational costs.

The Allens team kicked off preparations early in the morning at Boroko Food World in Port Moresby before a hectic five-and-a-half hours of sizzling and sales.

As the customers rolled in, Allens helped Cheshire disAbility Services to raise approximately K2480 through the sale of more than 620 hotdogs.

Among its important initiatives, Cheshire runs programs in community-based rehabilitation and inclusive development, physiotherapy referral and outreach, early childhood care education and inclusive education services, respite care, youth development and more.

The organisation has expanded its programs from the National Capital District to other provinces throughout Papua New Guinea, including the Wider Central, Milne Bay and Southern Highlands Provinces and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Allens' team of volunteers included Sarah Kuman (Partner), Renee Siaguru (Lawyer), Theresa Lamboku (Legal Secretary), Cecilia Pangkop (Legal Secretary) and Gideon Pogla (Library Clerk), who each brought along a family member or two to contribute to this worthy cause.

In addition to their work with Cheshire disAbility Services, the Port Moresby team also took part in the 2018 Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption, a major fundraising and awareness activity hosted by Transparency International PNG. Again supported by friends and family members, the team joined the walk to raise awareness of corruption and its effects on Papua New Guinea.

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