The Tropical Christmas Mr and Mrs Santa Ngametua Mamanu and his wife Mānia Clarke-Mamanu. 21120101
The season of giving and sharing the wonders of Christmas is nearly upon us and the Tropical Christmas in Raro committee is in full swing organising events and activities to bring joy to island residents especially children.
The committee is on the lookout for Santa volunteers. Unfortunately,
no one has raised their hand yet to suit up as Santa, Elfie or Mrs Claus.
“The committee understands being Santa is a big
commitment for one person, so this year we are welcoming more than one Santa
and can split the visits between the Santa volunteers,” said Ann Raymond from
the Tropical Christmas committee.
“We are sure there’re a lot of retired men out there
who could contribute some time to being Santa.”
Santa will be required to appear at the Punanga Nui Market
and supporting businesses in town on the three Saturdays – December 3, 10, 17 –
leading up to Christmas.
Santa visits are also scheduled for the Creative
Centre in Tupapa, Cook Islands Mental Health Clinic in Panama, Rarotonga
Hospital and the Are Pa Metua Centre at the Punanga Nui Market.
The annual Santa Parade will be held on Thursday, December
15 at 4.30pm, the floats will start the parade from the Constitution Park through
Businesses and non-government organisations (NGOs) are
encouraged to enter a float in the Santa Parade, or people could volunteer to
wear the Disney character costumes.
All businesses are kindly asked if they could deck
their premises out in Christmas decorations and lights by December 1st.
Tropical Christmas in Raro is made up of a committee
of several Rarotonga merchants who in 2013 came together to find a way to put
the “Island Spirit” back into Christmas, to bring joy to the faces of the
children and light up the island for Christmas.
The Christmas Club organises activities and events
throughout December to make Christmas a fun and happy time for all children.
It is a non-profit group which relies on the generous
support and donation from community businesses and sponsors.
For more information, contact the Tropical Christmas
in Raro Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.