The Queen’s Baton Relay is a relay around the world held before the beginning of the Commonwealth Games.
Hundreds of children from around Rarotonga will get the rare opportunity to touch the baton, and see the note inside which was written by Queen Elizabeth II. The message will be read out at the Games.
Celebrations will begin on the field at 2:30pm and finish shortly after 3.30.
Just Play organizers will be there to provide children aged five to 13 years with an opportunity to get involved and have a go at a wide variety of sports.
Activities include soccer, athletics, cricket, badminton, rugby and netball.
Parents can relax on the parks grounds and watch their youngsters, and the baton is expected to arrive at 2:45pm.
This Commonwealth games has a closer connection to everyone through the One Million Stars to End Violence project.
Just Play was one of the key advocates of the “Weave a Star” project, working closely with Merita Wi Kaitaia from Punanga Tauturu, and providing the opportunity to make stars with children at a number of village festivals and in schools on Atiu and Mitiaro.
The Cook Islands stars are set for centre stage as they will be displayed at the games on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, in 2018.
As Universal Children’s Day is also celebrated this month, Just Play will take the opportunity to reiterate at the village festival the important role that sports play in a child’s development, both physically and socially, with an emphasis on respecting oneself and others.
The Commonwealth Games charter recognises the importance of youth and advocates the use of sport in a way that links it to outcomes in youth development, health, education, gender equality and social cohesion.
“We would like to share this opportunity to touch the baton with as many children as possible. Let’s show our community and country pride as the baton makes its way around our island,” says Just Play’s project manager Michelle Paiti.
So don’t forget the change of day to Monday - and see you all there.
- CIFA Media