PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has offered his respects to the brave men and women who have worked tirelessly in fighting the bushfires in Australia.
Speaking during the launching of the bushfire fundraising drive at the Honiara Hotel on Thursday last week, Prime Minister Sogavare said it is with a heavy heart to learn of the lives lost and the homes destroyed.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to pay my respects to the brave men and women who have worked tirelessly in fighting this bushfire. Though they are in Australia, I must say that I am incredibly amazed and humbled by the sacrifice and commitment that they have demonstrated, especially over the festive period when most families celebrated their Christmas together,” he said.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the families of the brave men and women that have continued to provide courage and inspiration in the face of such insurmountable adversity.
“The road to recovery will take years and will cost billions of dollars but the people of Australia are known for their resilience, and I firmly believe that Australia will rise up from the ashes stronger than ever,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
Prime Minister Sogavare said as a genuine friend of Australia it is not only fitting but also incumbent for Solomon Islanders to assist our dear friend in whatever way we can.
“It is the most humane and culturally correct thing to do. Therefore, it is only right that whatever we give, we give it from our hearts no matter how small it may seem. Please kindly accept it and it is from our hearts to you the people of Australia,” the Prime Minister said.
The theme for the fundraising drive is “Umi tugeda fo Australia”.
The Prime Minister described the theme as fitting.
“It is not only about reciprocating the help we receive from Australia over the years, but it is also about coming to the aid of our friend and standing side by side with them in the face of such challenging calamity,” he said.