A round up of recent good news stories

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DEAR EDITOR, there was no shortage of good news last week and the highlight was captured in the story that weightlifter, Jenly Wini, secured a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

This was the first ever Commonwealth Games medal awarded to the Solomon Islands at a Commonwealth Games event.

34 year old Jenly deserves the congratulations of all on her fine achievement representing her country.

The initiative by the Honiara City Council to allow more local clinics to open late and to give the public more access to doctors during the later hours of the day, I thought an encouraging move and worthy of thanks.

The pilot project started at the Kukum Clinic will now see the seven doctors being available in the Council’s three zones; eastern, central and western.

Relative to the health sector, it was reported that the Togamae Private Emergency Health Clinic, recently opened in Honiara by Dr Pedical Togamae and his brother, is planning to launch an additional Area Health Centre in Isabel Province at Buala.

Dr Pedical is wished well with this proposed venture and it is hope he will get support from the local village communities when it comes to building the centre and from both the national MOHMS (NRH) and the provincial health authority when medical equipment and supplies are needed.

Since 2013m I have been following the good work undertaken by the Natural Resources Development Foundation (NRDF), a Choiseul based non-government organization, funded in part by the EU, Bread for the World, USAID and by the Dutch Millennium Foundation (DMF).

NRDF continues to promote and support sustainable natural resources management by local landowners in turn protecting social, economic and environmental assets, especially the forests.

I was reminded of the NRDF when I read the story of the excellent work being done in Auki by the Kwainamoro forest nursery where last week the nursery began its 2018 tree distribution schedule.

The distribution of Mahogany trees has kicked off already and this programme will be soon followed with giving out Teak and Eucalyptus trees in the next distribution.

The trees are distributed to local farmers and schools.

Excellent conservation work worthy of praise.

Praise too was deserved by SolRice contributed 67 bags of rice to the READ SI programme tutors in 14 locations throughout the provinces where a two week workshop will be held.

Since 2015 SolRice has supported the work of READ SI to get books to the villages where the organisation conducts reading classes and furthers educational development of many, many people.

This year the National Literacy Campaign organised by READ SI is expected to reach 600 villages.

The stories I have recounted are just a few of the many good things that occur in the Solomon Islands every day and which often go without notice or thanks from anyone and often involve kind deeds and charitable acts by individuals or organizations.

As this year the Solomon Islands will celebrate its 40th year of national independence, I would like to suggest that the Solomon Islands Government gives some special attention to recognizing the good deeds of its citizens, especially by those in voluntary service, including so many young people at the forefront of such work, with a Certificate of Appreciation at a national occasion to coincide with Independence Day.

Yours sincerely

FRANK SHORT

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