Speaking at the Cook Islands Business Professional Women's Association (BPW) high tea fundraiser for the Are Pa Metua on Sunday last week, she said: “I am humbled that all my sisters and all these women today have come to support our mamas and papas and to give freely from your heart to help us.”
BPW president Juanita Wynne said the organisation had looked for opportunities to link with those in our community who could benefit from support.
“We are grateful that Coastal Kitchen has been a support and made it possible for us today to meet at this fabulous location and to just mix as women of all ages from so many different localities, and all for this great cause; our Are Pa Metua and our vou vou, our metua vaine and our mamas.” Around 60 women bought tickets to the fundraiser event and were met with layered plates of scones, cream and an assortment of sandwiches and cakes made by chef extraordinaire Rangi Mitaera Johnston. The wine and champagne flowed as did the cups of tea, as BPW member Julia Evans took centre stage as MC, and introduced the theme for the day and the guest speakers. BPW has gone all out this year to grow the organisation and recruit more women - especially young Cook Islands women, as they see there opportunity to not only grow their organisation but to give back to the community by supporting organisations like the Are Pa Metua and our Mamas.
“Giving back is our way of saying thank you to women that have given so much of their lives to our community,” said Wynne.
It’s an opportunity to really honor them as well as women like our Mama Team who continually finds the time and energy to give and to do so sacrificially.
“She is such an example to us all.” The afternoon finished with light refreshments and a plea by Mama Nga for a new van for the Are Pa Metua and the Mamas. BPW will use the money raised by the high tea to meet some of the running costs and plans to hold another fundraising high tea later in the year.