Komatsu Townsville branch manager Stafford Jones leaves today (Aug 13) on a trip to deliver much-needed technology for children in Papua New Guinea.
Mr Jones has contributed his Komatsu-backed $10,000 Live Your Dream funding to LiteHaus, a not-for-profit organisation founded by fellow Hermit Park Tigers player Jack Growden.
“We’re going to install 12 laptops, a projector and projector screen in three primary schools,” Mr Jones said.
“We’ll set that up for them and provide a basic skills guide on how to use the computers.”
The mission to the Western Highlands this month follows a similar LiteHaus contribution to four further schools in the region.
Mr Jones said he had known Mr Growden and his family for a long time through local footy. His work through LiteHaus was inspiring, he said.
“He is a young guy who, when he gets an idea in his head, he just wants to make it happen. So being able to support that is a pretty good thing.”
Mr Growden’s project to bring professionally refurbished laptops to school children in the Western Highlands grew out of a visit he made to the region to write a thesis for his Honours degree.
“At Komatsu we started out by rustling up some USB sticks – 350 of them – so that each of the students LiteHaus International assisted at the Kuta Primary School could have one,” Mr Jones said.
“Then, the Live Your Dream program came along and I had no hesitation in recommending LiteHaus as my personal community goal.”