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Vaka Pride proceeds to good cause

Monday September 03, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Sieni Tiraa from Cook Islands Tourism Corporation hands over the sewing machine to Yvonne Masters from Takamoa Institution. 18090204 Sieni Tiraa from Cook Islands Tourism Corporation hands over the sewing machine to Yvonne Masters from Takamoa Institution. 18090204

The winners from the last round of the Vaka Pride competition, Oire Takuvaine put their winnings towards a community initiative for the Vaine Tini or women’s groups in their village.

 

The Takuvaine Kumiti Tama Oire (village clean up committee) spent their winnings on 12 brand new sewing machines. These items were gifted to a number of Vaine Tini in a special ceremony held at the Takuvaine meeting house last Wednesday

The village of Takuvaine placed first in the Vaka Pride competition for the Akono i te Ao Rangi category which focuses on the best-kept and clean public areas and roads, helping to keep our islands rubbish-free and free of mosquito breeding sites.

Takuvaine has consistently taken out top placing and have used their cash prizes in an effort to contribute to Vaka Pride. New sewing machines were donated to the Tutakimoa Vaine Tini and Youth, Takamoa Vaine Tini, SDA Vaine Tini, Apostolic Vaine Tini, Catholic Womens League, and the Takuvaine Vaine Tini and Youth.

In the past, proceeds from the Vaka Pride competition have been used to purchase a ride-on lawnmower to help with keeping the local sports grounds looking tidy. The machine is also available for the upkeep of areas such as the Takamoa Theological College grounds.

Tangata Samania from the Takuvaine committee thanked the Vaka Pride competition organisers for the funds that went to support the Vaine Tini groups, and the government for the extra cleaning and safety equipment they were given.

For more information or to get involved in the Vaka Pride competition, please contact Sieni Tiraa from Cook Islands Tourism: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +682 29435

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