A local woman with disability carries the Queens Baton during through the National Referral Hospital (NRH) compound last week.
THE Queens Baton Relay left our shores after Solomon Islands had been the 11th country visited by the iconic symbol.
The baton spent four days travelling the length and breadth of Solomon Islands beginning its scheduled journey of relay activities from Gizo, Western Province, via Honiara the capital city last week.
It arrived on our archipelago after being transported from Australia via Papua New Guinea on the Oceania leg of the tour; and expected to reach other countries within our region like Nauru, Tuvalu, Samoa, New Zealand, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Norfolk Island and Vanuatu.
The relay is currently embarking on a tour of 70 Commonwealth nations and territories before it arrives back in Scotland ahead of next year’s games.
“The Queens Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace on the 19th October 2013, when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is the head of the Commonwealth, placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton.
“Over the following 288 days the baton will cover more than 118,000 miles averaging one to four days in each nation or territory.
“The first region the button will travel to will be in Asia, and from Asia the baton will travel onto Oceania, Africa, Americas(South), Caribbean, Americas (North) before returning to Europe.
“It will finish its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on 23 July 2014,” according to Wikipedia.
A NOCSI spokesperson said it’s a special visit lined up to the National Referral Hospital.
“We took the baton through the corridors of the hospital where nurses, patients, and their families witnessed the spectacular event.
“It’s the first time we’ve paid a visit to our national hospital, an amazing thing to be able to do for the children and adults who couldn’t join the relay through the streets of Honiara.”
The baton saw local people gathered on the streets in an attempt to catch a historical glimpse and even touch the baton as it was carrier by the baton-bearers to the different zones within the capital.
Many excited locals ran alongside the baton bearers, others pose for photos and members of the disability community also had the privileged to run with iconic Commonwealth symbol.
It’s due to continue its Oceania trip when it visits Nauru, Tuvalu, Samoa and then New Zealand.