Staff and students of Bethesda Disability Training and Support Centre were lost for words after being paid a surprise visit by the ‘SOLO’ the Official Games Mascot.
Solo and the community engagement team from the Games Organizing Committee (GOC) made an unscheduled brief stopover at the Centre on 26th July as part of its community engagement and awareness program.
Shocked, surprised, cheerful and grateful were just some of the reactions described on the day by Bethesda deputy principal, Ms Thelma.
“It was indeed a surprise, an unexpected visit day for all our special needs students and staff. A lot of us have only heard of Solo, but to see the Mascot in real life was indeed something special for all of us,” she said.
GOC Media Officer Ezmie Oge revealed that the brief visit had been planned for several weeks before it initially happened.
“The surprise visit was basically to bring Solo to come to the beautiful women here responsible for creating the mini Solo mascot dolls which will be given out to medal winners at this year’s Games.
“We wanted to let them know how grateful we are for their hard work and dedication in helping our country deliver the best possible Pacific Games we can deliver to our regional family,” Ms Oge said.
As part of the visit, Solo and the team provided awareness talks on the Sol2023 event and also shared Solo face-masks to students and staff of the school.