Koror, Palau – The heat of Saturday did not stop nearly 200 people from showing up to Short Island Park to participate in the inaugural PCS Family Day event on Saturday, May 20. Family Day was an event to say “thank you to all the individuals and partners who have supported PCS over the years” since the organization’s founding in 1994.  

[restrict] Taking on the national theme of “year of the family,” the event had family-friendly games and activities and delicious food provided by local youth – Team Ngarchelong and Team Ngatpang for Belau Games, as well as a student fundraising for the Junior Statesman Award. The event was broadcast all afternoon on Eco-Paradise radio.

Over ten partner organizations showcased their work by hosting “activity booths” which ranged from making silly hats from newspaper, plastic bags, and other items commonly discarded to playing “Responsible Tourism” Jeopardy. There were also sports activities, Ikebana flower arrangements, face painting, crafts, and various displays related to energy and resource conservation.

The kids weren’t the only ones having fun. Throughout Family Day, adults and children alike waited with anticipation while guest MC DJ Rondizzle (also of Palau Visitor’s Authority) assisted PCS in giving away over $2000 in prizes donated by various partners. Prizes included airtime, internet cards, restaurant gift certificates, cell phones, and more. The second grand prize, a PCS fishing trip, was awarded to elementary school student Kesewaol Techitong. The Grand Prize of $1000, donated by the PCS Board of Directors, was snapped up by lucky winner Larry Ierago. In a speech, Larry thanked PCS and promised the prize money would go to a good cause.

As much as people enjoyed their time, the message of conservation and PCS’ commitment to working with communities to preserve the environment was evident throughout the afternoon program.

According to PCS, the event could not have happened without the following prize partners: The Taj, WCTC, Sarah’ YumYum, Palau Royal Resort, PNCC, IP&E, Papago International Resort, Palau Pacific Resort, Blue Bay, Surangel & Sons, and the Rose Garden Restaurant.

PCS also thanked the many volunteers, including Civic Action Team Palau, and the many partners who supported the event: Koror State Rangers, Japan Embassy, National Solid Waste, Koror Solid Waste, Taiwan Technical Mission, PCAA, Ebiil Society, TNC, Energy Administration, BMR, President’s Office, Ngara Maibrel, Eco-Paradise Radio, and EQPB. [/restrict]