Solomon Airlines partners with tourism players and local schools for coastal cleanup


More than 100 countries come together each year to participate. In Solomon Islands, this year’s coastal clean-ups took place simultaneously in Munda and Honiara.

Solomon Airlines, the Department of Culture and Tourism, Tourism Solomons, Travel Solomons, St. Johns School, Tanagai Community High School and Solomon Islands Scout Association joined forces on Saturday to help clean up the coast of Solomon Islands.

The collaborative effort on Saturday, September 18 supported the Ocean Conservancy 2021 International Coastal Cleanup, a campaign that began over 30 years ago, when communities around the world came together for the common goal of collecting and document the litter that litter their shores.

More than 100 countries come together each year to participate. In Solomon Islands, this year’s coastal clean-ups took place simultaneously in Munda and Honiara.

In Honiara, some 70 volunteers picked up debris along one kilometer of coastline from Kakabona, Eden Bay to Lela Beach, the area also part of the recently announced Solomon Airlines Peace Marathon route which will take place on October 23, 2021.

In Munda, 8 local youth joined 4 staff from Dive Munda diving company to clean up along the shore of Munda and Lambeti Station, with Dive Munda staff and newly trained young divers undertaking an underwater cleanup. , snorkeling and coastal diving, from Agnes Gateway Hotel.

Colin Sigimanu, commercial director of Solomon Airlines, said the airline is excited to play a role in highlighting the message behind the international campaign.

“The best way to publicize this important issue is to invite other people to join us,” he said.

“Through the engagement of our own staff with our partners in tourism and in particular our schools and our youth, Solomon Airlines is very happy to help raise awareness to keep our coasts clean,” he said.

Belinda Botha, COO of Dive Munda, praised the level of commitment to the initiative.

“As dive operators and a company passionate about conserving the environment and unique attractions of our Solomon Islands, we are proud to support Ocean Conservancy and Solomon Airlines in this initiative.

“Dive Munda has long been a defender of the ocean and we are committed to continuing to do good, even though international border restrictions are in place. The condition of our coasts and our waters are integral to the health of the oceans and it is of paramount importance to protect and preserve them, ”she said.

“We also need to continue to keep our youth focused on protecting our natural and marine resources, tackling plastic pollution through education and participation, and we need to lead by example. We are constantly focusing on our communities and our staff, to make sure we can contribute no matter what the cost, and our “Learn to Dive” youth sponsorship program has grown as a result.

“The cleaning of coasts, beaches and submarines was at the center of the 2nd phase of our ‘Learn to Dive’ initiative for young people, and we are delighted to have engaged a number of our newly trained divers in the process. ‘effort this year, “she said.

Source: Solomon Airlines

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