The 2023 Pacific Games Organizing Committee (GOC) and ‘SOLO’ the Games Mascot, have this week kick started a series of school visits in Honiara, advocating for and providing awareness on the ‘Games Volunteer’ program.
Part of the GOC’s Community Engagement program, the awareness programs were aimed to help students better understand the roles, benefits and opportunities that becoming a Volunteer at this year’s Games bring.
This came following the opening of Games Volunteer registrations last (15, April).
The visits also gave schools the opportunity to meet the fun-loving ‘SOLO’, the Sol2023 Pacific Games Mascot.
Schools visited this week include; Betikama Adventist College (BAC) and Burnscreek Adventist Primary and High Schools.
GOC Communications Coordinator, Jeremy Inifiri said that the visits were purposely to share Games volunteer awareness and give schools the opportunity to meet Solo.
“Some schools never had the opportunity to meet Solo during its nationwide mascot tour last year and early this year. They now have that opportunity through these school visit and awareness programs,” he said.
Speaking on the impact of the awareness talks, he said that students are now beginning to better understand the roles, the benefits and opportunities that come with Games volunteering.
“Straight after each program we’ve had students come up asking for volunteer brochures and application forms. There is great interest for volunteering shown by students from both schools visited this week.
“It is indeed exciting and encouraging to see students wanting to be part of this historic event we will host come November 19 to December 2nd,” he said.
The school visits continue to Vura and Panatina Community Schools, Friday 21st April, 2023.