Support for new mobility equipment

Friday February 07, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Rotaract members assist Te Vaerua Rehabilitation services. From left: Tepuretu Whitta - Vice President, Harriet Tuara-Strickland - Sargent of Arms, Daniel Fisher - Treasurer, Kim Sanderson - Physio, Catherine Leeming - Te Vaerua Manager, Rima Moeka’a - President, Byron Brown -Secretary. 20020530. Rotaract members assist Te Vaerua Rehabilitation services. From left: Tepuretu Whitta - Vice President, Harriet Tuara-Strickland - Sargent of Arms, Daniel Fisher - Treasurer, Kim Sanderson - Physio, Catherine Leeming - Te Vaerua Manager, Rima Moeka’a - President, Byron Brown -Secretary. 20020530.

Rehabilitation service provider Te Vaerua has received a major support in their effort to purchase new mobility equipment.

 

This after the group received $1000 donation from non-profit organisation Rotaract Rarotonga.

Rotaract Rarotonga treasurer Daniel Fisher said: “We have a great relationship with the team and will continue to support them in whatever way we can.

“Te Vaerua has always been a non-government organisation whom Rotaract has chosen to support given their pubic lack of funding and resources.”

In 2018, Fisher experienced first-hand how important Te Vaerua’s rehabilitation service work is to the people of the Cook Islands.

“I was able to benefit from the assistance of Te Vaerua while recovering from a broken tibia (leg),” he said.

“The biggest cause of concern for me was seeing the access and availability of mobility equipment that was available – the shortage and lack of appropriately sized wheelchairs and crutches sparked the urge to see how Rotaract could once again assist.”

Rotaract Rarotonga president Rima Moeka’a, supported by the executive team, presented the cheque to Te Vaerua manager Catherine Leeming and physio staff Kim Sanderson yesterday.

The donation is the outcome of a Quiz Night fundraiser held last year and funds raised at the Christmas in the Domes event in December.

Moeka’a said: “Rotaract is proud to support the very important work of Te Vaerua and the community. Our motto; Service above self, aligns tremendously with the work of Te Vaerua.”

In thanking Rotaract for the financial support, Catherine Leeming said: “Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation gratefully acknowledge the generous $1000 donation received from Rotaract.

“We appreciate their fundraising efforts to assist our charitable organisation. We look forward to using these funds to purchase rehabilitation equipment to assist our people in the community. On behalf of the board and staff, meitaki maata to Rotaract.”

In 2015, Rotaract raised $2000 for the Te Vaerua through its Easter Scavenger Hunt event.

Meanwhile the annual Rotaract Rarotonga general meeting will be held on February 24 at the Lagoona restaurant on Muri Beach, starting at 6pm.

New members are welcome to be part of the team, and to contribute to community projects that benefit all families. A new executive board will also be elected.

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