A series of activities to highlight the importance of the environment of Honiara was held last Saturday at the Honiara City Council square.

The event was organised by the Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) volunteers who are currently working in the country along with the Health Division of the Honiara City Council.

Speaking during the event, the Chairman for Health Standing Committee of the Honiara City Council, Mr. Lawrence Makili, strongly emphasized on the need to maintain a high standard of cleanliness in Honiara.

He said that keeping the capital city clean will attract tourists to visit Solomon Islands.

As part of the event, an essay competition was also organised by Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers together with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development.

Out of 77 entries from students from various secondary schools throughout the country, seven were named as lucky winners who collected prizes for their efforts.

Other activities included drum painting, waste recycling displays, water purification, soap making, video and karate shows.

The day also was an opportunity for the Health Division to inform Honiara residents regarding refuse collection and collection schedule.