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.