AS FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF SOUDELOR NEARS
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.