NUKU'ALOFA, 14 August 2020: “Youth is important through these programs introduced by TYEE.” expressed by Tina Ta’ai, 22 years old, from Matahau, was the highlight of this TYEE GO GREEN! SWAP Event.
The GO GREEN! staff, volunteers and participants who were all youth, filled the Taufa’ahau Village Backpackers on Friday, 14th August 2020. GO GREEN! continued to develop the SWAP initiative by encouraging the youth to lead and deliver the program on the day. In that way, they are constantly reminded of their value and importance to our community and to our environment and that they have a responsibility to promote a cleaner, greener future not only for themselves but for the Tonga.
TYEE GO GREEN! appreciate that we are promoting more than just green environment by recycling, reusing and reducing of clothing wastes; we are also establishing various platforms to not only create employment opportunities for the youth; which it had allowed us to recruit two more of our GO GREEN! Volunteers, and we will continue to do this as we move forward with the right support. This is also an opportunity for us to create an environment where the youth can come out of their comfort zones and learn from one another as they develop team spirit and the spirit of togetherness especially in these difficult times with COVID-19 regardless of their background and status. We continuously remind the youth that no one survives alone, and supporting one another is the way to go.
We ended the day with a 30 minute debate on the topic “Oku totonu nai ke tataki ‘e he toutupu ae ngaahi polokalama ki he feliuliuaki ‘o e ‘ea ‘i Tonga?” “Should the youth lead or be more involved in Climate Change related initiatives in Tonga?”
Some of the highlights from this debate was, Soane Fonua, 19 years age, from Tokomololo stated,
“Many a times we say, the youth causes a lot of trouble in the community, in town, and I agree, but that’s not all of us, some of us a hard workers, like me, I love to create things with my hands and I know today that earning a living is not only from my education but I can earn a living from my God-given talents.”
Loleini Kafoika of Lapaha, 23 yrs old, stated,
“This Swap was organised by youth, planned by youth, delivered by youth, if they can do it, why can’t we!”
As the debate continued, we recognized the desperation, determination to voice their ideas, hardworking, and the inspired youth before us are willing to make a difference. Which is why, the support from local business-people such as Amelia Vallabh of the Taufa’ahau Village Backpackers goes a long way to enabling the GO GREEN! Initiative to reach out to the vulnerable and the majority of the youth unemployment community and empower them to step up and be inspired.
We welcome any form of support towards the initiative as the best way forward in the midst of this crisis is to work together.
GO GREEN! our home, our future, our responsibility.
TYEE GO GREEN! Youth Market and the Zumba Competitions will be back at Digicel Square on Saturday, 5th September 2020. The confirmed Sponsored Prizes for the upcoming Main Event are listed below. We will continue to update the Prizes list for your information.
Remember, to participate and to win these great prizes you are required to Register with TYEE GO GREEN! before the closing date.
The Youth Market is available only to all Youth aged 18 to 35, also to all Youth Groups.
(Ko e Maketi 'a e To'utupu 'oku faingamalie ia ki he to'utupu kotoa 'a Tonga ta'u 18 ki he 35. 'Oku 'ata pe ki he ngaahi kulupu to'utupu kotoa ke nau kau mai). Ko e lesisita 'oku fakangatangata pe. Vave mai leva na'a ke tomui).
The Zumba Competition is available to all age groups. Each Zumba Team must have a minimum of six (6) team members and up.
(Ko e Zumba 'oku faingamalie ki ha fa'ahinga ta'u pe, mei he kauleka ki he matu'a. Kuopau ke toko ono (6) ho'o timi Zumba pe laka hake he toko ono. Ko e lesisita 'oku fakangatangata pe).
WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE
All Zumba Teams who register before the 21st August 2020 will also go in the Draw to win great prizes for the most Weight Loss Challenge.
(Ko e timi Zumba kotoa pe 'e kau mai ki he fe'auhi pea nau lesisita mai ki mu'a he 'aho 21 Aokosi 2020, 'oku 'i ai mo honau faingamalie ke nau fe'auhi ki he pale fakaholo).
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact TYEE GO GREEN!
Telephone: 685-5259 / 770-6340 / 842-5259, Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.
Taufa'ahau Village, Nuku'alofa.
ZUMBA CHALLENGE - PRIZES
Each Prize goes with a small Complimentary gift bag consist of a cap, Sponsored by Digicel Group.
1ST PLACE WINNER, Total Prize worth $600, MINISTRY OF FINANCE.
2ND PLACE WINNER, Total Prize worth $400, FANTASTIC
3RD PLACE WINNER, Total Prize worth $200, SWEET AMANAKI
WEIGHT LOSS - PRIZES
Zumba Team with the most Weight Loss, Total Prize worth $250, SWEET AMANAKI
GO GREEN! Volunteer with the most Weight Loss, Total Prize worth $150, Miss. SALOTE UAI
Other Prize Categories:
TOP PERFORMERS PRIZES: GO GREEN! VOLUNTEERS (SWAP, Market, Zumba).
Proudly Sponsored by RISE-n-SHINE AUSTRALIA
MARKET - Tauata Loto'aniu
ZUMBA - Kalolaine Veikoso
BEST YOUTH MARKET STALL PRESENTATION, STALL #16 KALISI TU'ITAVAKE, KPKT DESIGN.