In celebration of International Day of Forests, Bank South Pacific (BSP) has raised its hand to support the Poster Competition for schools in the National Capital district.
With this year's theme "Forest and Biodiversity - Too Precious to Lose," it aims to raise awareness on the importance of all types of forest.
BSP as leading financial institution through its "GO GREEN" Campaign recognises the event as part of the ways to reduce any negative impact and enhance the environment we live in.
The bank is supporting as the third prize sponsor for the school poster competition with BSP merchandise which includes Back Packs containing- Go Green Caps, Go Green Shirts, Water Bottles Piggy Banks and Fridge Magnets.
BSP Corporate Sponsorship Manager Amelia Minnopu when presenting the merchandise to the National Forest Authority who organised the event said "As part of our Corporate and Social Responsibility, BSP is pleased to support the event as it integrates with our Go Green initiative of environment strategy.
"We're continually seeking innovative new ways to decrease our environmental impact in the operation of our business by reduction of resources and materials used wherever possible. So as such, over the years we have committed to supporting a number of environmental days such as World Environment day, World Earth day, Earth Hour and our most popular and well known the BSP Go Green Annual School Clean-up across PNG and the Pacific countries we operate in," said Miss Minnopu.
BSP Coporate Sponsorship Manager Amelia Minnopu with PNG Forest Authority Managing Director Tunou Sabuin and students at the presentation of gifts.
The PNG Forestry Authority Managing Director Tunou Sabuin thanked BSP and the participating NCD Schools for partnership for the event saying, "Education is a critical step to safeguarding natural resources for future generations. It is essential for children to learn about forests at an early age and supporting the event means developing young minds to understand the importance of different types of forest or biodiversity."
He also stressed that, "Forests help to keep air, soil, water and people healthy. And they play a vital role in addressing some of the greatest challenges we face such as tackling climate change and poverty and oxygen."
The International Day of Forests is on the Saturday 21st of March; however, the event will be celebrated starting on Thursday 19th March with tree planting at Kuriva Plantation, Brown River, Central province and a float competition on Friday 20th March which will also include the presentation of the best poster competition.