“I feel like as a young entrepreneur it was important to join this event to show other youth to embrace their creativity” Kalisi Tu’itavake, 21, Kolomotu’a. (Winner, The Best Youth Market Stall Presentation)
To conclude the TYEE Youth Market & Zumba Competition Event on Saturday, 5th September with over 200 people at the Digicel Square. We just keep getting bigger and better.
We had to limit our registrations due to the venue capacity verses the outpouring interests from the youth. But that did not stop them because not only did this number doubled, they were motivated and full of energy. The TYEE Youth Market catered for 25 youth entrepreneurs and this is what they had to say about the event.
“I feel awesome, because I had collected many profits”, Tevita & Suliana, 20 and 23 years of ages, Fangaloto.
“Anything could be sold here”, Hala Hakeai, 21, Kolomotu’a
“I felt excited because I get to sell all my products which are food”, Susanne Fakalata, 26, Ma’ufanga.
“Kou fiefia he tokoni ki hono fakamaketi’i atu emau ngaahi maketi”, Tu’amelie ‘Anitoni, 28, Ma’ufanga.
The TYEE Youth Market as well as the Zumba Competition went hand in hand to expose the best talents in our country, offer the people with a more “fun” approach to physical exercise as well as empowering the youth of Tonga. From a variety of entertainment, food products to clothes to hand sewn swimming wears to pot plants, handicrafts, and local produce crops - these youth came out of their hiding places and proved that they too can make it in a hostile business environment.
With over 20 groups registered to compete for TYEE Zumba Competition. We had people from all over Tongatapu at Digicel Square. Not only did they differ in terms of where they came from, but also in terms of their ages, religion, status, and occupation. It was a family day event, were the people came over to enjoy great food, amazing company, and exceptional services.
We would like to acknowledge the winner for our Zumba Competition; the Ministry of Finance with 20 participants, they came to win. We highlight this involvement in terms of setting the example to our people and to our youth. We must be the example if we want people to follow. So, it’s crucial that their participation did not only mean they’re on board with the movement against NCDs in Tonga, they wanted to support the work of the youth of TYEE GO GREEN! and that goes a long way.
We strongly encourage this form of support from our Government Ministries as they bring a message that speaks volume to our youth, and that is “YOU ARE NOT ALONE”.
The Winners and their Prize Packages can be viewed on here [Click to view]
With COVID-19 what the youth in our country need is support and reassurance that we are not alone. That although the responsibility of our country’s future is on our shoulders, but our government, our businesspeople, our communities are right there with us, supporting us to build the eco-friendly, successful future we all look forward to.
TYEE Go Green! our home, our future, our responsibility.
Acknowledgement of our Judges and Auditor at this Event
We wish to thank and acknowledge our Judges for this Event, Mr. Sevaki Fe'ao (Senior Program Officer, Tonga Health), Christine Lopeti (Representative of Rise-n-Shine Australia), and Virginie Dourlet (Teacher, Tonga High School). The Auditor, Pisila Kainga (MEIDECC).
The Winner of the Best Youth Market Stall Presentation