Bowls contest the saviour of retired police organisation

Wednesday January 03, 2018 Written by Published in Local

For an organisation that was only incorporated in 2015, the growth of the Cook Islands Retired Police & Veterans Association has been “quite amazing”, says president Norman George.


He says, the aim of forming the association was to look out for retired, serving, active or inactive police veterans.

“The success of organisations like the RSA was motivation for us to set up something to take an interest in and sustain those former first responders who served the nation selflessly.

“Serving police officers and affiliate law enforcement agencies have always been welcome to join us. Many have not done so. Not many want to prepare for that unwelcome rainy day. But never mind, life is for the brave, smart and fearless.”

George says the association’s greatest success so far was the Ambrose corner-to-corner bowling tournament held on Anzac Day last year at the Rarotonga Bowling Greens.

“When the bowling club granted us the right to hold the tournament, little did they realise that their generosity created a game-changer for us, a struggling organisation.

“We were wasted like a bogged-down tractor in a muddy Muri drain! But the support from the participants and the success of our fundraising fuelled our incredible growth.

“Now we urge teams to start preparing for the next Ambrose Bowling Tournament at the next Anzac Day holiday on April 25, 2018. Select your teams now and start practicing.

“Adding wind to our spinnaker was our very successful annual dinner event on August 4, Cook Islands National Day, at the RSA Hall.” 

George said people were still talking about this function, especially the enjoyable presentation by New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Marshall who is now an honorary member of the association. 

“Our association will hold our end of the year function after everyone has attended to their unveilings, reunions, birthdays and anniversaries. 

“We have decided to hold our function at 4pm on Friday January 12, 2018.

“The association will buy the steak, chops and sausages, members are asked to bring the kinaki side plates. This will be held at the RSA in Nikao. We will advertise all this. All members and friends and supporters are most welcome to attend. All drinks will be available at the RSA.

“Remember though, 80 per cent of our members do not drink alcohol, so don’t use the excuse of it being nothing more than an alcoholic bash. There will be a string band.

“To all our members and families, have a safe and pleasant New Year

“And remember our motto - Kua tamaki. Kua autu. Ka akangaroi. We fought. We won. We rest.”

            - Release/CS


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