Battle for hearts and minds continues on Bougainville

Last week it was RTG Mining – RTG Major Sponsor for Bougainville Day – this week BCL…

BCL gives sports equipment to B’ville school

The National aka The Loggers Times | June 29, 2018

SCHOOLS in Bougainville received sports materials donated by Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) and its partner Hampton Junior Soccer club who are based in Australia.
St Therese Sipatako Primary School like other schools in Panguna and Arawa received soccer balls.
Families associated with the Hampton Soccer Club purchased 40 balls from PARK Social Soccer Club (PSSC) in a fundraising event that saw each ball purchased being matched with a donated ball. Altogether 80 soccer balls will be distributed.
The Hampton soccer club and their families wanted to send the balls to PNG but had no way of distributing them to schools and clubs and that is when BCL came in and offered to distribute.
BCL chairman Mel Togolo said the company had a proud tradition of providing community support in Bougainville and it was keen for this to continue.
“We are a company that is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of Bougainvilleans,” he said.
“In things like health, education, sport or other important community activities and cultural events we are very pleased to be able to lend a hand.”
PSSC is a socially conscious company focused on helping disadvantaged kids enjoy the game.
Partnering with local charities, PSSC gets soccer balls onto the feet of disadvantaged children through its pass-A-Ball Project.
PSSC was founded in 2015 and has now provided more than 4500 soccer balls to children in 11 countries with children in the Panguna district as the latest beneficiaries.

BCL employees ready to tackle jobs with new look

The National aka The Loggers Times | July 2, 2018

The Bougainville-based employees of Papua New Guinea mining company Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) have received new uniforms to support their work.
The uniforms were flown in from Port Moresby and were distributed to the staff. The new kit includes long mosquito repellent pants and shirts and a sturdy pair of steel capped safety boots.
BCL has a growing team in Bougainville, which includes senior project officers as well as a network of village liaison officers. The team said the uniforms gave them a greater sense of identity as the company continued to build further trust and positive relationships with titleholders and other stakeholders in Bougainville.
BCL remains the preferred future developer of the Panguna mine by many customary landowners and other members of the community and the local team plays an important engagement role for the company.

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2 responses to “Battle for hearts and minds continues on Bougainville

  1. What a cruel irony: given the horrendous destruction of the environment and the people – to end up with a few chosen ones owning the poisoned chalice from which the source of the destruction drank their profits leaving the worthless dregs to the victims of their Greed – in a vain hope it will buy, forgiveness, forgetfulness, and a repetition.

  2. Pacific News Service

    Sir Mel and BCL have no Balls!

    3 July 2018

    PARK Social Soccer Co. – Bougainville charity donation’s valour stolen by Sir Mel Togolo and Bougainville Copper Limited in front of 100’s of school children.

    It was widely reported in the PNG Press that BCL gave 40 soccer balls to school children in Arawa during the recent visit last Friday by the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister as part of the visit. https://www.thenational.com.pg/bcl-gives-sports-equipment-…/

    Sir Mel further went on after handing the balls over to the kids.

    “BCL chairman Mel Togolo said the company had a proud tradition of providing community support in Bougainville and it was keen for this to continue.
    “We are a company that is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of Bougainvilleans,” he said.
    “In things like health, education, sport or other important community activities and cultural events we are very pleased to be able to lend a hand.”

    However, the charity behind the gift, PARK Social Soccer Co of the 40 footballs says BCL had no role to play in their purchase.

    Sam Davey of the charity, PARK Social Soccer Co says:

    “The balls were not purchased by BCL, they distributed them to the communities.

    “We are a social enterprise and make the balls. For every ball sold we pass another ball to kids in need”.

    “We partnered with Hampton Soccer Club in Melbourne, they bought balls for their club, and we passed an equal amount to PNG. PARK paid for the shipping to PNG”.

    “It would be nice if PARK Social Soccer Co was mentioned in the article and given credit.”

    It would also be nice if Sir Mel came clean and apologised for stealing the valour of PARK Social Soccer Co and claiming that BCL was responsible for the donation when it wasn’t involved at all.

    FURTHER INFO:

    Sam Davy
    Chief Ball Officer
    PARK Social Soccer Co.

    +61 0422 164 622
    Sam@parkssc.com

    http://www.passaball.com
    http://www.instagram.com/pass_a_ball
    http://www.facebook.com/passaball
    http://www.twitter.com/pass_a_ball

    BCL gives sports equipment to B’ville school – The National
    https://www.thenational.com.pg/bcl-gives-sports-equipment-to-bville-school/#comment-42730

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