The Roger Hau’ofa Kidney Foundation has launched the Shave 4 Kidney awareness and fundraising event by the foundation's Patron Rachael Marapen at the Hilton Hotel in Port Moresby.
The Shave 4 Kidney fundraising is set for the 27th of February, 2020.
Founder and Chair of the foundation, Michelle Hau’ofa has pledged to shave her head if the foundation’s fundraising target of K200 000 is reached.
Hau’ofa says she wanted to show her commitment to the cause in a tangible way to raise awareness and help others who are affected by kidney disease.
The foundation has undertaken a number of fundraising initiatives with other partners and has so far raised over K112 000.
The Foundation was established by the Hau’ofa family to continue the legacy of service to the people of Papua New Guinea of radio broadcaster the late Roger Hau’ofa who passed away from kidney disease in 2017.
Roger was a radio broadcaster in PNG for almost fifty years and has educated his audience around the nation reaching into the remote parts of the country informing people of current events, presenting a balance and fair view giving citizens a voice for the concerns to be heard by leaders, and continuing to be their voice and champion.
Roger’s first thought, when diagnosed ,was to use his experience to benefit those in the country with kidney disease as most couldn’t afford.
The foundation has four objectives and that is to promote healthy lifestyles as a means of preventing kidney disease; to provide affordable quality accessible kidney treatments for our citizens, to support kidney patients and cares so they can access health care and make informed decision, and to work collaboratively with all stakeholders in addressing kidney health issues in PNG.
The event’s launching was also witnessed by acting Health secretary Dr. Pasion Dakulala and Port Moresby General Hospital CEO Dr. Paki Molumi.
The National Department of Health through the acting secretary pledged K10 000 to push for the foundation’s initiative that will benefit the people of PNG and vowed support the course in the future.
Meanwhile, Mineral Resource Development Company managing director also chipped in K5000 towards the course.