The HandUp program initiated by Neil Ellery, CEO of Lae City Authority and co-funded by DFAT through the PNG-Australia Partnership continues to empower communities in Lae economically affected by COVID-19.
Needing strong young men for some of its projects, the Hand Up Committee is now working with 25 caddies from the Lae Golf Club, who will go through the same interview, assessment and training program as every other candidate. The aim is to teach basic life and work skills plus money management and hopefully be a step towards a better life for them.
Ruby Yamuna from the Hand Up Committee met with the 25 caddies, most of whom are supporting a wife and children living solely on caddy fees and the support from the golfing community.
The current Minister for Lands & Physical Planning and Lae Open Member Hon. John Rosso proudly reflects his youth as a caddie and always uses any given opportunity to share his experiences with the younger community in making good life decisions.
To date 500-plus individuals have benefited from the Hand Up program in and around Lae City.