Mangaia comfort

Tuesday June 25, 2019 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Members of the Mangaia Elderbility give thumbs up, their new pink tshirts. 19062414 Members of the Mangaia Elderbility give thumbs up, their new pink tshirts. 19062414

Aumetua Rennie of Mangaia grabs onto the handrail that helps her move around her home.

 

She smiles. Since the installation of the fixtures, moving around the house is a lot easier.

Thanks to the commitment of Hospital Comforts (Rarotonga), Mangaia’s homes for the elderly and disabled have had fittings installed to help residents’ mobility.

Hospital Comforts president Betty Bailey and her team of volunteers, all aged 70-plus,  organised a raffle with that raised $2,700 for the Elderbility homes.

The generosity didn’t stop there: they gifted $1,000-worth of paints, beads and games as well as pink t-shirts, sponsored by Sky Murphy from Brisbane.

Bailey’s 11-strong team had spent months gathering sponsors and organising prizes on Rarotonga, before they left for Mangaia.

Their contribution was welcomed and the island’s people, including the Boars Golden Oldies team, hosted the Hospital Comforts team to kaikais.

“The people are so kind and wonderful, and they couldn’t believe at our age we could still dance, sing and entertain,” Bailey laughed.

The team would like make special mention of the people and businesses who kindly donated towards the Elderbility of Mangaia: CE Lawfords NZ, CITC, Gill Vaiimene, the Mangaia Boars, Poroa Arokapiti and the Fishing club, the Catholic community, the staff of Babes and the wonderful people of Mangaia for their heartfelt hospitality.

“Na te Atua kotou e tiaki,” they say. “Meitaki ngao.”

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