With so much excitement in the air given the Pacific Games is now a week away—one community in Honiara is also gearing up to capitalize on the regional event.
CRC Gateway Church is organizing its own Gateway Pacific Fair that will commence on November 12 to the 3rd of December at its church compound at Henderson.
Chairman of the Fair and elder of the church, John Kwaita said the fair would start from mid-day until 10pm each night.
It will be centered on food mostly of local cuisine, art & craft, a souvenir shop and drinks.
He explained that the food would not only cater for the local people but also fitting for the visiting friends from the region who will be here for the games.
“We want to make it to be family friendly as well as fitting for our visitors,” said Kwaita.
In that regard, he said there would also be a corner for the kids to have fun whilst their parents walk around the fair ground.
“We also want the focus to be on families who can come and enjoy the fair,” he added.
There’s a lot also happening at night. Kwaita said at nights there will contemporary Pacific Islands performances featuring “our Pacific Islands countries and their cultures.”
He added that each night they would feature one or two countries from all the participating countries.
“We want them to feel welcome,” said Kwaita.
On the cost, Kwaita said it is self-funded.
“The special thing about this fair is the church is giving back to its families,” he said.
All 200 members of the church will engage in the fair and will benefit, according to the CRC Gateway church leader.
Church members will be responsible for the stalls and ensure there is food for those attending each night.
He confirmed that those who will provide food at the fair would go through food handing training in the coming days provided by the Guadalcanal Health Department whilst just a few days ago they completed another training on how to deal with people by Solomon Hosts.
Kwaita is confident that they are ready for the fair adding that Honiara residents would have an additional place to go during the games.
The Gateway Church is opposite Don Bosco Training Center at Henderson. Don Bosco is also a games village.
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