Dr Wolfgang Losacker, who has worked for Rarotonga hospital and in private practice, has always given out Christmas presents, and this year’s idea was inspired by his “brother”, Ioane Kaitara.
“He’s from Manihiki and he took me into his family a long time ago. He plays the guitar and sings to entertain the members of the Are Pa Metua,” Losacker said.
“The whole thing was started by the Rotary Club members and it’s the best project they’ve ever done, in my eyes.”
“I think it’s wonderful. They start at 10am, and they have a Bible lesson, and then they have their lunch.”
However, the lunch was the sticking point for some members, as the question was always who had the money to pay for the food.
Losacker’s idea came from accompanying Kaitara to Suwarrow, where he worked as a caretaker on the island a number of times.
“I made a record for him, and a movie about Suwarrow and him as the caretaker, which screened at the cinema about six years ago.
“I thought I’d make another CD of that, and donate it to the club to sell it to get some money for their lunches.”
He has made 30 CDs that he will give to the members’ tomorrow (Thursday), so that they can begin selling them.
And should demand exceed supply, Losacker says is ready to provide more.
“So everybody is invited to come along today and tomorrow for their chance to hear Papa Ioane’s singing.
“Especially tomorrow when the CDs will be available. I’m very pleased with the plan to raise money for some lunches for the Are Pa Metua members, because that’s what you need when you meet.