The Minister for Health and Care, the Hon Paul Balban MP and the , Dr. Sohail Bhatti, visited Loreto Convent this week to meet with teachers and pupils involved in the LSSC (Loreto Sustainable School Committee). This visit came about when the newly appointed Health Minister read about the effort, determination and passion of children who participate in #trafficfreetuesdays in the Gibraltar Chronicle.
Minister Balban told the children how impressed he was that they supported Traffic Free Tuesdays, ditching petrol-powered modes of transport in favour of walking to school. He added that by walking as a group, they were sending a powerful message to all who live and work in Gibraltar that we can all follow their lead. The children in turn told the Minister that they enjoyed each other’s company on Tuesday mornings while contributing to a cleaner Gibraltar, which is good both for their health and for the environment. As the former Minister for Transport, Mr Balban has a passion for cycling and keeping active. He relates to how the children are doing their bit to be more active, whilst doing their little bit to help the environment and air quality.
Dr Bhatti then addressed the children, telling them that by walking to school regularly, they are helping themselves as well as others, to improve their personal health. He expressed that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind and being active is crucial in this