Bringing Christmas cheer to Aitutaki centre

Thursday December 08, 2016 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Arama Wichman, pictured with Aunty Dora Harrington, shares Christmas gifts at the Te Kainga centre in Amuri, Aitutaki. 16120705 Arama Wichman, pictured with Aunty Dora Harrington, shares Christmas gifts at the Te Kainga centre in Amuri, Aitutaki. 16120705

FOR THE third year Cook Islands Building Supplies managers and staff have teamed up with the Te Kainga O Pa Taunga Wellbeing Centre to bring a Christmas lunch and gifts to the health respite establishments in Panama in Rarotonga, and Amuri in Aitutaki.

 

The Aitutaki event was attended by company owners Arama and Vaine Wichman who helped Te Kainga staff provide a beautiful Christmas lunch and shared gifts with all the Aitutaki Centre members.

The Sounds of Aitutaki string band warmed up the occasion with a round of lively songs that soon had Te Kainga members and staff up and dancing.

Mereana Taikoko said when the new centre being built with help from a Japanese “grassroots” grant was completed, there would be a permanent and quiet base to provide respite and rest for caregivers and for other important services for the Aitutaki community.

She expects the new facility to be open in the new year.

Cook Islands Building Supplies managing director Arama Wichman, thanked Taikoko and her volunteers and staff for providing such an important service to the Cook Islands.

“May the spirit of Christmas continue to cement Te Kainga’s work, and CIBS will continue to support both centres long-term.”

The Rarotonga Te Kainga Christmas Party will be held today at the Panama Centre, and well known entertainers Tani and Rose will be providing music while the members and CIBS management share a meal and gifts.

On behalf of the Te Kainga Trust Taikoko thanked CIBS management for once again providing the meals and gifts for the day programme members on Rarotonga and Aitutalo and for their ongoing support of Te Kainga’s work for the community.           - Release. 

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  • Comment Link Dr M P Deva Friday, 09 December 2016 01:29 posted by Dr M P Deva

    Many Thanks to All Staff and owners of CIBS for your generosity. I have been coming to help out Te Kainga in its work in Panama and Aitutaki since 2005 and it is the type of community support you have provided that has made Te Kainga a success story in mental health in the Pacific. Hope to meet you all in person in January 2017 when the 15th Basic training is held in Raro.
    Dr M P Deva
    Malaysia

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