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“Beautiful Tonga embraces commitments and sacrifices”

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

“Beautiful Tonga” has been the subject of the annual celebration of Heilala Festival for 2016. It

is embedded within the diaspora of good hearts and minds of the people who choose to “make

a difference” in the Tongan communities.

Understanding that we belong and to the extent that we own the responsibility of our

community facilities and properties, the “Good Samaritan” of LDS Churches around Nuku’alofa

area voluntarily assembled at Taufa’ahau Road this morning, Saturday the 02 nd of July 2016, to

clean up the mess of last night’s block party.

While thousands of people were involved at the block party on Friday night, and as one of the

special events of 2016 Heilala Festival, it was expected, as was normally the case, that they

discharged loads of rubbish of different types and colors along Taufa’ahau Road and beyond.

However, it was pleasing that the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in their bus,

truck, other vehicles, as well as with their own rubbish bags and necessary gears arrived at the

scene to commence their assignment of keeping Tonga clean and beautiful. Amongst the crowd

were parents, adults and children, of LDS Churches as well as some of the contestants for the

Miss Heilala Title 2016.

The Ministry of Tourism is pleased to acknowledge and with heartfelt appreciation to such

commitments and sacrifices from the hearts of churches around the Kingdom who support the

initiative. It is not only that we promote the cleanliness and beauty of Tonga but it also shows

that Tonga’s motto of “God and Tonga are my inheritance” is prevailed.


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