Thursday, 19 March 2009 8:49 AM

Australia and Britain Assist Solomon Islands to Get Fit

The Australian Defence Force and the British High Commission have donated over AUD100,000 in gym equipment to the Honiara City Council, to help Honiara 'get fit'.

Lord Mayor, Mr Andrew Mua today accepted the equipment on behalf of the Honiara City Council, at a handover ceremony held at the Multipurpose Gymnasium.

Australian High Commission representative, Deanna Easton, presented over AUD100,000 of gym equipment donated by the Australian Defence Force.

A further ten exercise bikes were donated by the British High Commission, presented by British Deputy High Commissioner, Ray Davidson and his successor, Tom Oppenheim. Mr Oppenheim only arrived in Honiara on Tuesday with his family, but is already taking a keen interest in community activities in the Solomon Islands.

The Mayor expressed great appreciation for the generous donations which he said would provide the opportunity for all Solomon Islanders to improve their fitness and health and also support the health and fitness classes conducted weekly at the Multipurpose Hall.

Australian High Commission staffs, Mike Winter and Pakwasi Nyamekye run weekly fitness classes for Solomon Islands' women on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Multipurpose Hall, from 5.30-6.30pm.

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