THE Honiara Band Association (HBA) has handed over $38,431 which it has raised towards the drug shortage in the country to Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela.
The HBA has raised the funds through a series of musical concerts recently.
Prime Minister Hou acknowledges the Honiara Bands Association (HBA) for its initiative in supporting the drug shortage situation in the country.
The funds were handed to the Prime Minister at the Paul Tovua Complex yesterday afternoon.
Speaking during the ceremony, Chairman of HBA Benjamin Afuga said the group has decided to step in to raise funds to support the National Referral Hospital in response to the recent drug shortage issue.
He said that this is also part of the objectives of the association for its members to use their talents to give back to the community in such situations.
“We decided to handover the donation to you (Prime Minister) because of the leading role you have taken to address the issue of the recent drug shortage,” said Afuga.
In response, the Prime Minister expressed his gratitude by the initiative taken by members of the association for going an extra mile to provide support towards the cause of charity.
“Such gesture shown by members of the local community is a reflection of the many ways Solomon Islanders can unite together to contribute positively to their communities,” the Prime Minister said.
He said that if other countries can use music to make a difference to the lives of their people; then the initiative taken by the Honiara Bands Association is an example of how our citizens can use their various talents to bring about change in our society.
According to Afuga, the Honiara Bands Association was initially formed to promote and encourage live bands, and to revive live music performances in the city.
Afuga also stressed that the association was also formed to bring together talented musicians who are unemployednd to engage them in ways that they can give back to their communities.
The association is currently made up of members from local bands in Honiara namely The Appointees Band, 2-4-1 Band, One Drop, Band Horizon, Jambuckz, Beanks and Black Wine Band.