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Fundraiser will help fire victim

Tuesday March 06, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Mama Ake Lewis’ Atupa home was destroyed in a fire two weeks ago. 18030533 Mama Ake Lewis’ Atupa home was destroyed in a fire two weeks ago. 18030533

Members of the Cook Islands community have organised a fundraiser this Friday for Mama Ake Lewis, whose Atupa house was consumed by fire two Fridays ago.


Aunty Nga Teao-Papatua was approached by Papa Poko Keu after the backroad blaze, with the intention of helping Lewis get back on her feet.

“In our culture, when something like this happens, we jump in to help,” Teao-Papatua said.

“Papa Poko came to me to organise something, because we have such respect for what Mama Ake has done for the community.”

The two organisers have been joined by four groups keen to help out with the cause.

Involved are Ngaputoru Communities (Atiu, Mauke and Mitiaro), Tapere RAPPA (Ruatonga, Avatiu, Atupa, Panama), the Civil Society and Au Vaine Kuki Airani.

The fundraiser will be held at Te Atukura grounds, next to the Office of the Prime Minister, and will begin at 7.30am with a prayer service, followed by music.

The food service will begin at 8am, with Atiu serving goat meat and Tapere RAPPA putting on a barbecue.

They will be joined at that time by Au Vaine Kuki Airani, who will be serving hot drinks all day, and the “spin the wheel” run by the Civil Service, of which Lewis is the patroness.

Umu food, prepared by Mitiaro and Mauke, will be served from 11am onwards.

Teao-Papatua also encouraged people to donate cartons of chicken for the event.

From 12 to 6 in the evening, she will run a radiothon, which can be reached at 20100 or 20101.

She asked for donors, particularly those in the outer islands, to provide whatever they can.

Meanwhile, RAPPA will be having a meeting this afternoon at 5.30pm at the Avatiu meeting hall.

All members have been asked to attend and discuss the work to be done on Friday.


1 comment

  • Comment Link Tony Hoffert Wednesday, 07 March 2018 15:59 posted by Tony Hoffert

    Good afternoon, I recently spent 2 weeks in Rarotonga at the Muri beach resort and was over whelmed by how friendly everyone we met across the island was. I wish I was there to enjoy what no doubt will be beautiful food so instead I would like to donate $ 100 aus to help out Mame Ake Lewis. Could you email me the best way to transfer the money.cheers Tony

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