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.
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.