AS FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF SOUDELOR NEARS

CARE volunteers tie blue, yellow ribbons all around Saipan

Two volunteers place blue and yellow ribbons in one of the trees located along Beach Road, Chalan Piao in preparation for the Aug. 2 commemoration of Typhoon Soudelor’s landfall on Saipan. (Contributed Photo)

Two volunteers place blue and yellow ribbons in one of the trees located along Beach Road, Chalan Piao in preparation for the Aug. 2 commemoration of Typhoon Soudelor’s landfall on Saipan. (Contributed Photo)

Commonwealth Advocates for Recovery Efforts volunteers have been tying blue and yellow ribbons around the island the past couple of days in preparation for the first anniversary of Typhoon Soudelor’s devastation of the island.

CARE said the ribbons signify the island’s resiliency and unity after the tragedy and is part of a slew of activities to commemorate Soudelor making landfall on Saipan.

Dubbed SOU’ Fest, the weeklong commemoration will kick off with a proclamation signing by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Monday, Aug. 1 at the Governor Office’s on Capitol Hill.

It will be followed by SOU’ Rise vigil that will take place at sunrise from 5am to 6am the following day, Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Capitol Hill ballfield next to the Governor’s Office. It is open to various religious groups and all the people of the CNMI.

Matua Riders will also take part with a SOU’ Ride to Recovery in the morning of Saturday, Aug. 6. The weeklong commemoration will conclude with a SOU’ Fest community celebration on the evening of Aug. 6 from 6pm to 11pm.

The concluding event features free games, entertainment, food vendors, a disaster preparedness information booth, and a karaoke contest at the Garapan Fishing Base.

CARE director Jenny Hegland thanked all identified and anonymous contributors who have been assisting them in every way possible in the island’s path to recovery after the typhoon, which left hundreds of island residents homeless.

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  • pafao

    Instead of spending money to buy ribbons and signing proclamation to commemorate typhoon Soudelor’s annihilating and destructive force on Saipan a year ago, I want to CHALLEGE both Rep. ANGEL DEMAPAN AND EDWIN PROPST to ask CARE to divert the money spent on ribbons (no physical and direct benefit to anyone other than feel good) to buying building materials to help the poor family in Dandan who are still living in an igloo tent. What I say so incredible and mind boggling, ANGEL AND EDWIN are close by neighbors of this family. Each time Angel went out to buy candy/cigarette and Edwin to buy 6 pack of beer at an adjacent neighborhood store in the area, both have no choice passing by and plainly seeing this poor souls suffering badly living in a tent. Can you picture yourselves living in that unbearable situation continuosly for one year after the typhoon? So despicable, don’t you think?

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