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Active City Development Program (ACDP) is setting the bar as a program running for five consecutive years fulfilling public interest and is set for another year of success.
NCDC says in a media statement.
Active City’s Walk and Yoga for Life program was launched on Sunday, February 14 at Ela Beach in Port Moresby.
Together with the the Active City’s Walk is the launch of Sustainable Development Goals themes and World Day Celebrations for the next 48 weeks which centre on entertainment, motivational talks on health and wellbeing for all city residents.
There are plans in place for the International Women’s Day, International Day of Forest, 20 days of Activism Against Violence, International Human Rights Day, Children’s Day, Pinktober, Redvember and Whitecember.
Other plans and events will be announced as the year progresses.
Hundreds of city residents took to the streets of Port Moresby as early as 4:00 am to resume the program this year. The theme was Walk for Love and everyone wore red to appreciating Valentines Day and the Chinese New Year.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop said the program was making tangible differences in the communities across the city and the whole country.
He attributed the successes and benefits of the program that has inspired the city dwellers to embrace healthy lifestyle and voluntary cleaning and community mobilisation.
“It is a start of another year. Start of another progress and a start of us bringing a great year for our program and more importantly, for our capital city. Further, you all are our champions sustaining this program very successfully. You are staying the cause. Waking up early is making a commitment not just to our program, but more importantly, to yourself. It is good for your own life. You are making a commitment to lifting your life and making your life better every day,” Governor Parkop said.
He noted that the script about the city and the country overseas was mainly negative, something which realities on the ground do not reconcile with this perception.
“However, one story that is rewriting a new chapter is the Active City Development program which is being told in Europe, Africa, the United States of America, India, Timor Lest and others. A former UN Resident coordinator was asked to share his experience of POM especially the Active City Development program’s Walk and Yoga for Life in Timor Leste. It is the positive story that is being told across the world. That is why it is an exceptional program. When we are walking, everyone else is following our footsteps, but we are walking for a greater cause. We are walking for the greater good. We are walking to lift ourselves. We are walking to lift our city. That is the power of our program,” he said.
ACDP founder Ms Fazilah Bazari said everyone gathered to begin the next 48 weeks of Walk and Yoga, great fun, great entertainment and community cohesion to take ownership over the city and to continue the activities of our program.
“This includes walking with youths, walking with marginalised women and people who are from all sectors of community. This year we have plans to walk with sporting clubs, with schools and all other organisations and use non-competitive and competitive sports bringing everyone together in the spirit of unity, respect, responsibility and sportsmanship.
“Our program pulls everyone together with their talents so he or she has a part to play and no one should be left behind making it a grand colourful activity,” said Ms Bazari.
See pictures for the launch of the program here.