Buk bilong Pikinini is proud to announce that Mrs Lynda Babao-O’Neill has accepted our invitation to become our Ambassador.
Buk bilong Pikinini celebrated International Day of Families with the introduction of our new ambassador. The event was also held in appreciation of our donor at Koki Markets - ExxonMobil. Two books published by Buk bilong Pikinini; Our Village: Tatana Island and Buk bilong Koki Markets both produced in partnership with children of the respective villages was introduced to the children and families of Koki Village.
Mrs Lynda Babao-O’Neill has been involved with Buk bilong Pikinini for a number of years already and has supported many of our activities and initiatives. She has been a great champion for children living with disabilities and has been part of our efforts to provide the children attending the Red Cross Special Education and Resource Centre at Hohola, (where BbP has a Special Needs library), with adequate support for their education. Mrs Babao-O’Neill has also sponsored the venue for a Buk bilong Pikinini Author’s Seminar held at Paddy’s Hotel aimed at getting Papua New Guineans to write for children and has also taken part in our Reading Champions program.
Mrs Lynda Babao O’Neill said: “Buk bilong Pikinini brings hope. It allows our young children from disadvantaged backgrounds to dream beyond their circumstances and be children. It gives them the greatest possible head start to perform well in school.”
Anne-Sophie Hermann, Founder of Buk bilong Pikinini, said: “It is a great honour for Buk bilong Pikinini to have Lynda as our Ambassador. She has already acted in that capacity in an informal manner for a while and has shown an immense support for Buk bilong Pikinini and our initiatives. We are very proud to formalise the role and recognise our deep gratitude for her support, love and respect for the children of Papua New Guinea.”
Luke Ebbs, Executive Officer of BbP, said: "An ideal Ambassador is someone who is driven by passion and actively works towards promoting an organisation's cause. Lynda is an ideal Ambassador. She has proven through actions that she is passionate about providing access to literacy for PNG's most vulnerable children. I sincerely thank Lynda, our Platinum sponsors, Exxon Mobil and all the other partners who allow BbP to improve the lives of thousands of families across PNG every year."
ExxonMobil has generously sponsored the operational costs for the BbP library at Koki Markets after an extensive renovation donated by Curtain Bros. Exxon has also taken part in many of BbP’s community efforts and has had great involvement by its staff members. Buk bilong Pikinini would like to thank Exxon for their invaluable support for providing the children of Koki Village and surrounds with valuable learning opportunities.
Andrew G. Barry, Managing Director ExxonMobil said “ExxonMobil PNG recognizes the important role BbP plays in providing early childhood reading programs to so many children. Building strong reading skills at young age is critical to help children with their early learning. We have been proud supporters of BbP since 2010 and are excited to see them grow their library services to other parts of the country.”