The first ten weekly winners of the competition were announced today (05/04/12). They are Brenda Amos (Vanimo), Joyce Mape (Goroka), Thomas Lea (POM), Leso Kila (POM), Jenny Malaku (Madang), Mercy Pinder (POM), Annette Wawah (Manus), Joys Bize (POM), Dagu Hebore (POM) and Robertha Jackson (Enga). The ten weekly winners will each receive K100 and will all have the chance to win K2000 in the major draw.
The other weekly winners will be announced on April 13th, April 20th, April 27th, May 4th and May 11th. All 60 weekly winners will be pooled and be eligible to win the major prize. There will be ten major prize winners who will get K2000 each and a beach umbrella. Major prize winners will be announced on May 18th.
BSP's Manager Public Relation and Communication Barnabas O. Pondros encouraged more people to enter and be in the running to win the K100 weekly prizes, and have the chance to go on and win the major prize of K2000.
"Apart from having the chance to win K2000 just for a billum, the most important thing is that the competition gets people thinking about sustainable practices and promotes the use of bilums and baskets instead of plastic bags," Mr Pondros explained.
The BSP Bilum and Basket Competition is part of the 2012 BSP Go Green calendar which lists key environmental dates to be marked throughout the year. There are various other Go Green initiatives that BSP hosts annually.
"Every year we have a year round calendar of events that promote a clean, green and healthy environment, and this competition is just that, it encourages people to use and make billums and baskets instead of using plastics which harm the environment," Mr Pondros said.
Mr Pondros said inspiring people to care for the environment is a vital part of BSP's commitment to the community so the bank is inviting people, particularly women to create bilums and baskets.
"As we know plastic bags and similar items cause harm to the environment, and one practical way of addressing this is by using bilums because they are cheap and can be reused, and our message is for everyone to reuse, recycle and reduce," he added.
Caption: BSP staff show off some of the lime green bilums and baskets that have been entered in the competition.