Alumni host first major fundraiser

The Divine Word University alumni members hosted the first fundraising dinner at the Madang Resort Hotel in Madang town on Saturday 8th July, 2017.

The dinner is part of a fundraising drive by the alumni to assist the University with various developments beginning with proposed two new male dormitories to replace the aging Brothers and Feehan halls of residence or male undergraduate students in the Madang campus.

The dinner was well attended and included high profile speakers. The high profile guests included founding Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, National and Supreme Court Judge Justice Nicholas Kirriwom who is a DWU alumni and chairman of the DWU Council Archbishop Douglas Young SVD of the Mt Hagen Archdiocese.

Talented fashion designer and DWU graduate Natasha Tamanabae showcased her newest designs and auctioned off some of her wares on the night for the fundraiser while an alumnus who is also a musician Stanley Mark graced the evening with new songs of his group Blat Faya.

Sir Michael commended and the graduates and the University likened DWU’s philosophy of self-reliance to the aspirations he and the founding fathers of PNG had for a self-reliant country when they fought for and attained Independence from Australia in 1975.

Abp Young congratulated the initiative of the alumni members adding that alumni collaboration and support for the University is something that the Council had been expecting for some time.

Justice Kirriwom said he was honoured to be part of the DWU movement for 50 years since he was among the first students to enroll in DW High School, the predecessor of the University back in 1968. Justice Kirriwom was one of the sponsors of the dinner.