I was delighted to be asked to be a guest judge for this talent quest last Thursday evening – 30th September, 2010 at one of the upmarket local hotels. All proceeds went to the The Papua New Guinea Children’s Foundation. The theme of the pageant is ‘Little Princess of the World’ and is held annually. The youngest ones that evening were aged eight.
Formerly the Bougainville Children’s Fund, the Papua New Guinea Children’s Foundation (PNGCF) is a charity organization ‘founded to assist needy children throughout the country’.
The pageant itself is 3 years old and features young girls between the ages of 8 and 12 years.
The Foundation is helping feed more than 200 malnourished children every weekend at two venues in the city. it also provides school supplies to a remote primary school, assisted with a deep well for water supply in one of the communities in the city and so many other charity activities within the city.
The Foundation’s ‘dream’ is to build a Pikinini Multi-Purpose Centre ‘that will serve as a temporay shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned children as well as teenage mothers who have been rejected by their family and community’.
Their goal is to ensure or guarantee ‘Healthy and Happy PNG Children whose Rights and Privileges are Protected and Enforced by Society’ . Hear! hear!
Although we made one little girl a very happy ‘Little Princess of the World’ that evening, they were all winners for taking part in the pageant and lent their support to raising funds for underprivileged compariots.
Whilst watching them dance and sing, one after another, I could only reinforce my own thinking about talent – it is ageless!