Atiuans from far and wide are urging everyone to come to Te Atukura Grounds tomorrow to celebrate ‘Atiu Day’.
The theme of the day is: No Toku Metuavaine – which calls on the nation to help the community in their bid to build their hostel.
Culture, raffles, face painting, and of course food – umu, bbq, fish, chowmeins, rawfish, sausages, desserts, and drinks – will be on offer, all in a bid to raise a further $50,000 towards completion of the hostel.
“This will be one of our major fundraisers in aid of all our efforts to seek the community support from around the whole of the Cook Islands,” said Secretary Aunty Nga Teao-Papatua of the Atiu Hostel Project.
“We all had done a lot of planning of our Atiu Day for the past 6 months through having meetings with our Leaders from each of the five villages of Atiu living on Rarotonga, and the outcomes of these meetings had been very supportive, because everyone is wanting our hostel project to be completed soon.”
Aunty Nga said those behind the hostel project are happy they haven’t taken out a bank loan to complete the construction.
She said $200,000 is needed to complete the hostel, with $90K already raised through previous fundraising efforts.
“As the Secretary to our Hostel Project I am calling on all our Atiu Communities around the Cook Islands to please come in and be part of our fundraising event...” she said.
Those wishing to contribute to the various food stalls are asked to bring their donations to the Hostel or contact Aunty Nga on Mobile 53467.
Atiu day fundraising efforts follow sales of paua, coconut crabs, and fish from their Takutea Fishing project.
“We acknowledge the support of the Baxter’s family in Aitutaki and their boat Mary J, and the Malcolm Sword family for helping us with their barge to bring our food supplies from Atiu to Rarotonga at no cost to us,” she said.
“Further special acknowledgement was made to Atiu Mayor Taoro Strickland and Island Council, Aronga Mana, and all the people of Atiu Enua for their tremendous support with the food contributions that we had received from Atiu. Meitaki ranuinui kia kotou katoatoa.”
Adding to their efforts, Aunty Nga and her team will be hosting the ‘Atiu Day Radiothon’ from 12pm up to 6pm on Radio Cook Islands, so Atiu families living in the Pa Enua can help out with their helping hands.
Atiu Day runs from 8am-8pm at Te Atukura Grounds, across from the offices of Telecom Cook Islands.