Tonga NOC celebrates Olympic Day with Clean Up in Vava’u

The Tonga National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) celebrates the 2014 Olympic Day with an environmental project for cleaning up of Neiafu, capital of the northern island group of Vava’u.

 Olympic Day is celebrated around the world by member countries on the 23rd June every year. The day is always associated with sporting activities and Tonga decided to add another dimension with the cleaning up of the capital. Further, TASANOC requested all school in the island to have a “day-off” and it was granted for Wednesday 18th June.

 Hiko Fungavaka, SDO for the NOC as well as Takitoa Taumoepeau, Secretary General went to Vava’u to conduct the event and the program last week.

 According to Mr Taumoepeau, the program went well and it was appreciated by the people of Vava’u. He added that the addition of the “Neiafu Clean-Up Project” was borne during the ONOC General Assembly in Guam last month during discussion by President, Lady Tu’ivakano and Sam Judd of Sustainable Coastlines of New Zealand.

 The Olympic Day is a day to mark and celebrate the Olympic Movement around the world and the theme has been, “Learn, Move and Discover”. Mr Taumoepeau added further the notion of doing the celebration in Vava’u was also on a community level our contribution to the upcoming celebration of His Majesty’s birthday in the island next month.

 On behalf of TASANOC, we would like to thank the Directors and Principals of all the school in Vava’u and the pupils and students who took part in the program. It was very warming seeing the children participating.




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