MOLLYMOOK resident Milton Lay, in a show of neighbourly spirit, is preparing for a working visit to Papua New Guinea with the Kokoda Track Foundation.
Mr Lay will with other volunteers help construct a community hall in Old Kokoda Village in October 2011.
“Our group needs additional builders and carpenters to ensure the success of the project,” Mr Lay said.
The project has been planned since 2008, when members of the team visited Kokoda, met with the village elders and identified that the village required a community hall.
Mr Lay said the project would give volunteers the opportunity to assist Australia’s nearest neighbour and former territory as well as participating in a great adventure.
“They are a young nation so it would be great to help them out, especially considering their linkage to Australia in World War II,” he said.
The hall will be fitted with two 5000-litre water tanks to assist with water storage and access.
“The completed venue will provide ongoing training for women’s business goups and the education of young people,” Mr Lay said.
The Kokoda Track Foundation still requires funds to cover the cost of tools and equipment for the project; all donations are tax deductible.
The cost of the two-week trip for the volunteers is approximately $3000 each and the village community is providing food and accommodation while the group is in Kokoda.
Mr Lay urged anyone interested in donating to the project or any builders or carpenters wanting to assist to contact him on 0412 542662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org