Two people killed en route to Pathfinder camp, others in critical condition

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East Taraka Pathfinders during their 2018 club campout at Tikaleng beach outside Lae, Morobe.

Two people from East Taraka Seventh-day Adventist Church have been confirmed dead and others are in ICU after being involved in two separate motor vehicle accidents on the way to a Pathfinder Camp in Lae, Morobe Province (PNG), on July 24.

According to a Facebook post by Tsirobin Labz Huranaka, the first accident involved Grace Fidesh Yamandy, a Pathfinder director who was driving a group of young Pathfinders to a camp organised by the Morobe Mission youth department. Sadly, the Pathfinder director died and many of the Pathfinders were placed in ICU at Morobe General Hospital (Angau).

After the accident occurred, a parent was notified and decided to travel to the accident site, but was killed in a separate accident along the journey.

According to another Facebook post by fellow church member Charles Bilisin, Joseph Ken from Tomba, Western Highlands Province, was the other casualty. He was described by Mr Bilisin as “a man after God’s heart [who was] always willing to use his vehicles for God’s service, a man with an open heart to the poor and needy”.

According to Pastor Nick Kross, the funeral for Ms Yamandy was conducted on Sunday, August 8, and fast healing has taken place for the Pathfinders in hospital, leaving only two boys still hospitalised under intensive medical care.

If you wold like to offer your financial support at this time, please contact either:
Keith Smacker – 78660692/ 73488426 – Elder of East Taraka SDA Church
Gary Mataenge – 72503234 – District Pathfinder Coordinator – (onsite, accident)
A photo from the funeral service of Grace Fidesh Yamandi.