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Patriots for Change

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Speaking of something good, I was fortunate enough to attend a talk given by the CEO and Managing Director of Helifix PNG, Mr Robert Agarobe at the Main Lecture Theatre in UPNG the other day which was organised by Patriots PNG, Inc.  

Until then, PPNG was only a group on Facebook and that was about it. But after attending this talk, I came home enlightened  and inspired. This was an organisation that stood for most, if not all of the ideals that I fervently believe in. In seeing what it means to be a citizen of this great nation by looking at it in the bigger picture and taking positive steps to bring about change at the individual level. It’s a pity not a lot of people – especially the university students given the calibre of such an institution – attended as I am pretty sure quite a few, if not all of us would do with the information shared that evening.  

PPNG is all about seeing ourselves as agents of change. Or as mentioned in their slogan “Change Starts With Me”. And that is something we fail to see in our day to day living. Many a times we talk about change but that is about as far as we go. We only talk about it. Or we post a comment here or there on some internet forums; at oft times hiding behind the facade of pen names and aliases. But we have to stop to remind ourselves that in order to see the change that we so crave, it has to start somewhere. Nowhere better than with ourselves; from deep within. To ask ourselves, “Can I do something, anything about the state of affairs that my country/province/town is in to turn things around?”  

(Oh yes. I can opt for a quick way out to the easy life and go live in Australia or America or wherever the fuck else where the pay is great and the streets are spot clean with bird droppings the only stain you see on the footpath. Where roads are linked like the wrinkles on the back of your granddaddy’s callused hand. (No offence to our folks living and working abroad. It’s a metaphorical approach in explaining complacency if you like:p))  

If change starts with me then I have to look at change starting with the very fundamental detail of the most trivial chores and then build up from there. So if we want to see a cleaner city, for example, change starts with me disposing off that used match stick into a rubbish bin. If I have just finished a cigarette, butt out and drop it into a rubbish bin instead of flicking it out the window. If it’s a chewing gum, drop the wrapper into the bin.  

Then it will get to a point where the act of absently throwing an empty container, plastic or paper by the way side will become a pain to your conscience. In fact, I promise you that the next time you see somebody littering, you will cringe and be compelled to advise that person to do the right thing. Hence, the seed of responsible living and change will start to take shape within you and emanate from you.  

This is just a small illustration of what you and I are capable of within our means to bring about change in our lives to overhaul ours and other Papua New Guinean’s  mindset to think proactively and to see progress for the better for our village, towns, province, the nation and the globe.  

Here I want to extend the invitation from Patriots PNG for their first Fundraising Dinner to you all to see if you can get a seat there. Do not miss the opportunity.Refer to the flyer below for details.  

Stay STRONG, folks. And never for once lose sight of the bigger picture.  

Click here to download the Fundraising Flyer

Click the image to download the Fundraising Flyer

 “Yes We Can!” BO 

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  1. May 8, 2010 at 18:25

    Niicaux….there is no comeback or response for what you have just said. I can’t even put into words what I want to say, what I am really feeling inside. Best I can muster is to maybe scream and hug someone or just weep for joy. Joy that if I can impact 2, that is the start of the change I am committed to bring to this place I call home… I have so many friends who have the same frustrations and want to do something about it dont know how. Well start small that’s my response!! We have to FIX US FIRST before we even think of FIXING SOMEONE ELSE or SOME OTHER SITUATION!!

  2. Nichson
    May 9, 2010 at 12:48

    Exactly! Let’s give a thought to our most trivial of actions and see how that has an impact in the both human and natural environment. Is the eventual outcome positive or negetive? I often illustrate this with the story of cigarette stubs and baby turtles. 🙂

  3. September 7, 2010 at 08:23

    Missed the dinner but full support of the drive behind the group……. change surely has to start with the “man in the mirror” MJackson. I will be keeping an eye on your events…. cheers

  1. August 31, 2010 at 16:06

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