The festival was held in Rutaki where children attending rotated through the range of sports and fun activities provided.
More than 60 children showed up to get their recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise while spending time with friends and making new ones.
“Understanding the importance and meaning of respect is key to improving our children’s lives,” says organiser Michelle Paiti.
She said the children discussed and learned the different ways they can show respect to others as well as themselves.
A range of activities provided by sporting codes involved showing respect towards others while playing.
“Some children spoke over others and learned that it’s not respectful to do so. Instead they should listen, and raise their hand if they had something to say, especially in a large group, where everyone could be wanting to say something,” says Paiti.
“It was a great afternoon as the sun broke through following the storms and allowed the festival to go ahead and celebrate the women and young girls of the Cook Islands and the different roles they all play.”
Paiti thanked the volunteers from the various codes, Pacific Spring and the children and parents for supporting the village festival programme.
Cook Islands Football would like to acknowledge the New Zealand government and Australian government, UEFA Foundation for Children and UNICEF for their continued support and funding of the Just Play programme.
- CIFA Media