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HRH Princess Pilolevu urges unity in the fight against Covid-19

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 30/07/2020

HRH Princess Pilolevu has emphasized the importance of working together as individuals and organisations to fight the COVID-19 virus.

Her message was highlighted during her address in a pre-recorded video to be broadcast on August 15 throughout media channels across the Pacific on a program known as Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together.

HRH Princess Pilolevu says, now is the time for everyone in Tonga and the Pacific to work together in order to combat COVID-19.

The broadcast in August will be the first-ever event of its kind in the region, aimed at bringing the Pacific together through music & dance and inspirational messages on COVID-19 encouraging everyone to take action.

“When we hear about the individuals and organisations doing everything in their power to protect our communities from COVID-19, we are reminded of our strength and resilience as Pacific Islanders. Although our islands appear only as small dots on a world map, together, we have a collective voice that makes us powerful. Now, more than ever, it is time for us to join hands to work together to adapt to the new normal because we can only beat this virus if we play our part. Tonight, I commit to follow our government’s advice on permitted activities during the pandemic; to rely on the World Health Organization and our Ministry of Health for the correct information concerning COVID-19 to make sure my family and community understand the importance of handwashing and social distancing. I hope you too are able to commit to actions that promote community support and spirit so that together we all play our role to beat this virus. May God continue to bless the people of the Pacific. “

The program will broadcast for two hours and will include performances from Pacific celebrities aiming to unite the Pacific people virtually during this time when borders are closed and to promote social distancing among the people.

The program is a regional extension of the One World: Together at Home concept that was screened globally in April 2020 to support the UN and WHO’s COVID-19 response.

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