SOLOMON Islands has joined other Commonwealth nations in the celebration of Commonwealth Day 2018 under the theme “Towards a Common Future”.
At the event, British High Commission, with various schools and Government Ministries converged at the Yacht Club for a Commonwealth Big Lunch (build connection through food) and the delivery of the Queen’s Commonwealth Day message.
British High Commissioner David Ward shared his delight to host the Commonwealth Big Lunch.
“By stopping to share food and conversation, people in Honiara have had the chance to celebrate and bring our community closer together. It’s been a great opportunity to appreciate and strengthen the connections we’ve got to each other and to the wider community across the Commonwealth,” he told participants at the event gathering.
On that very special occasion, form six student of Mbokona Community High School; Junior Fordney delivered the Queen’s Commonwealth Day message.
“We all have reasons to give thanks for the numerous ways in which our lives are enriched when we learn from others. Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future.
“There is a special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause from celebration rather than division,” according to Queen Elizabeth II.
The message continued that we shall see this in action at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which takes place in the United Kingdom next month, bringing together young people, business and civil society from across the Commonwealth.
“These gatherings are themselves fine examples of how fine consensus and commitment can help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable. Having enjoyed the warm hospitality of so many Commonwealth countries over the years, I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming the leaders of our family of 53 nations to my homes in London and Windsor.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s message noted that Sport also contributes to building peace and development.
“The excitement and positive potential of friendly rivalry will be on display next month as we enjoy the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia. Contributing to the success of the Games, alongside athletes and officials, will be thousands of volunteers.
“Voluntary effort, by people working as individuals, in groups or through larger associations, is so often what shapes the Commonwealth and all our communities.
By pledging to serve the common good in new ways, we can ensure that the Commonwealth continues to grow in scope and stature, to have an even greater impact on people’s lives, today, and for future generations.”