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GMS NUKU'ALOFA LAUNCED THEIR NEW PLAYGROUND

The Hon. Viliami Uasike Latu, Minister of Trade & Economic Development and Acting Minister of Education, launched the new playground for Nuku’alofa Government Middle School. The new playground was part of the Health Promoting Schools Pilot Program in which GMS was one of the pilot schools. The construction of GMS playground was funded by TongaHealth with generous support from the Government of Australia.

A representative from TongaHealth, Mrs. Karen Fukofuka, said that “children need to be active and the playground would provide a safe and fun place for children to play and be more active. It would also support their learning, physical development and social skills as they learn to play fair and take turns to enjoy the playground together”. Being physically is one of the ways to help reduce the high percentage of overweight and obesity among Tongan school children. Mrs. Fukofuka also encouraged children to drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables.

The Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Racheal Moore in her remarks also said, “a playground would help students develop physically, socially and mentally.”

On behalf of the Government of Tonga, Hon. Latu thanked TongaHealth and the Government of Australia for their support and “hopes that this new playground would help improve a young junior student in every aspects of life” and he would like to see the projects reaching the outer Islands as well. The CEO of the Ministry of Education Tangikina Moimoi Steen mentioned that there are 46 other government schools who will be looking to construct their playgrounds in the future.

The event was held at GMS Nuku’alofa, The Guest of Honor was the Minister of Trade & Economic, Development and Acting Minister of Education Hon. Viliami Uasike Latu. Other Distinguish Guests were the Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Rachael Moore and a representative from TongaHealth, Mrs. Karen Fukofuka.

The playground was constructed by Tonga Play. The children were excited yesterday to play and enjoy their new school play ground.

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH LAUNCHING

“Awareness is Power-Every Ribbon Makes a Difference” is the message for Pinktober Breast Cancer Awareness Month launched today at Tanoa Hotel, by the Tonga Breast Cancer Society Inc., with their Patron Princess Pilolevu Tuita as the guest of honor.

The CEO of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Siale ‘Akauola stressed that Breast Cancer is a major global health problem. According to the World Health Organization data in 2020, there were 2.3 million new cases of breast cancer diagnosed globally, 605000 lost their lives in the same year, and 7.8 million people are currently living with breast cancer.

However, Dr. Akauola urged women to change their lifestyle to reduce the chances of NCDs which includes breast cancer. It is important to maintain a healthy diet, exercise daily, avoid food with high sugar and salt, reduce alcohol and stop smoking cigarettes.

Hengihengi Fusitu’a Taufateau a victim of breast cancer encouraged women to take advice from their doctors, always stay alert to the symptoms, and don’t be afraid.

The CEO of TongaHealth Mrs. Ofeina Filimoehala attended the event, joining her were the other representatives from other stakeholders. This month is all about PINKTOBER.

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS FUN WALK/FUN RUN

"AWARENESS IS POWER - EVERY RIBBON MAKES A DIFFERENCE."

"KOE 'ILO KOE MALOHINGA- LIPINE KOTOA KO HA MAKEHE'ANGA."

The CEO and Staff of Tonga Health Promotion Foundation showed their ongoing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by distributing water bottles and joining other organizations on the special event to raise funds to support the Tonga Breast Cancer Society. This popular annual event was held last Saturday 29th October 2022 at the waterfront (facing Fa'onelua Park at Vuna Road)

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