Sir Peter Barter, PNG Minister for Intergovernment Relaions and Local Level Government:
“Without Charlie Lynn's dedication to the people of the Kokoda Trail, and Papua New Guinea in general, and his assistance in early negotiations in the establishment of the Authority, the establishment of the Kokoda Track Authority and its future plans for assisting the sustainability of the Kokoda Track Tourism Strategy and its heritage, there would be no special purposes authority - it would still be sitting in limbo."
The Hon Arthur Somare MP, PNG Minister for National Planning:
'Dear Mr Lynn,
I write to personally thank you for arranging to meet the members of the PNG Parliamentary Select Committee on the Pacific Economic Community in Sydney last week. We are very grateful for you hosting lunch for us at your beautiful parliament setting.
Your tireless work over the years in promoting Papua New Guinea in Australia and the world is something we are very grateful for and will do everything possible to compliment your efforts in the future. I am pleased that the PNG Tourism Authority has been working closely with you on issues of interest concerning the Kokoda Trail and the promotion of tourism as a vibrant industry in PNG.
I will shortly be bringing to the attention of the Ministry for Works the urgency to upgrade the road leading to Owers Corner in Sogeri area.
It is my hope that our meeting in Sydney has set the foundation for further enhancement of relations at a personal level between our two countries. I very much look forward to meeting you and your co-workers again when you next visit Port Moresby.
Arthur T. Somare MP
James Enage: Chairman, Kokoda Track Authority
I wish to thank you, your lovely wife and the Adventure Kokoda Management for financially supporting the Kokoda Track Sports Development Program within this year, 2009.
I had acknowledged your contribution to this very special project in various appropriate forums and have informed the boys and people along the Kokoda Track about your support.
In relation to the outcome of the Program, preparations are now underway by four (4) Local Rugby League Clubs in Queensland who are keen to engage few boys from the Kokoda Track to play in the local Queensland Rugby League Competition next year, 2010. Hopefully, the various Rugby Club offers (Work, Match payments, Accommodation) for the boys should be made available towards the end of January and I will make the announcements in the middle or towards the end of February, 2010.
Also the Gold Coast Titans Junior Development Team Management are keen to recruit school boys from the Kokoda Track area next year to be part of the Gold Coast Titans Junior Development Team under Football Scholarships. We will announce this program shortly.
Since you have pioneered in supporting this program, I trust you will continue to support this program.
I look forward to continue working with you in this very special Project in the New Year.
Tessie Soi, PNG Friends Foundation Inc
'Thanks a million for the 2 computers dropped off at the office. I was in Babaka village, 3 hours drive from Pom.
' Staff advised me of your kind donation.
' My Admin Manager, Mr pana Sitapai will email you through email@example.com when the office downstairs is completed.
' Its great to hear that i can email you when i am in dire straits and i will also give you updates and how our programs are going.
' I can use someone else as a sounding board. which i hope you don't mind.
' But thanks a million for helping me do my programs for our people.
Don Daniels MBE: Founder and Chairman of Port Moresby Grammar School:
Good morning Mr Lynn
Years ago, we first met in the dining room of the Parliament of New South Wales when you invited Dame Carol Kidu and myself to a dinner. The occasion then was about assisting Papua New Guinea students, especially those from villages along the Kokoda track.
Little did I know then, how much Port Moresby Grammar School is now in your debt for the support you have given the school.
Among other things, this support consists of:
- four Adventure Kokoda bursaries
- your kindness in sponsoring Margaret Aitsi and Alfreda Nakue on the trip of a lifetime to Australia
- over 2500 books received for the library and classrooms
- a plethora of stationery supplies
- medical equipment and supplies
- a wide variety of sports gear
- K3500 in cash for special needs aspects in the school
- Exposure of our students to wonderful ordinary Australians who come to PNG....and reciprocally for Aussies to see and bond with Papua New Guineans within the school environment.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the School, please accept our sincere and grateful thanks for that you have done and we hope this special bond between POM Grammar and Kokoda will continue and strengthen.
Donald Daniels MBE
Mike Luff, Deputy Principal, Port Moresby Grammar School:
'Hope all is well down your way. Collected a good number of books the other evening with Chad & Ron Beattie’s Group! Our number of books and DVDs totals 1035. All brought forward in the past 12 months approx. A fabulous effort! This does not include pencils, pens and other drawing materials.
'On the turn around side Port Moresby Grammar school has done the following:
- 6 cartons of reading books were delivered to Taurama Barracks Community School along with a heap of stationary;
- 7 cartons of books were presented to Bavaroko Community School (our next door neighbour);
- 1 carton was given to a small group called “We Care” in the Hohola settlement area. Mums teaching street kids to read; and
- 2 cartons were sent to Gaire community school on request.
'All of these are a result of culling as new books come into our library. Where there is a doubling up we give these away in the cartons. Some of your books we use as incentives and prizes to kids at Pom Grammar for good work. The culture of reading has been substantially enhanced since your program has started. Popular novels are being read throughout the school. The library staff are really doing a fine job.
'Friends Foundation gave us a wooden coin box and in the first fortnight we collected K250- for Tessie’s group.
'Our next quest is to build up the culling cartons again so that Sogeri Community school and Ioiari High school are provided with books.
'Nixon and the West Papuans are still at Gerehu. The six we have at Pom Grammar are still in school. Many of the other school kids have been “pushed out” or have simply given up – sorry to say. However, we will keep going with our little group. The West Papuan girls especially enjoy the hockey competition on a Sunday afternoon.
'Things are going very well at present and a big lot of thanks to you.
' We would like to see you at the school when you are next up this way – is that possible?