The men’s and women’s Nines teams, along with their officials, arrived in Canberra, Australia, from Nadi, Fiji, yesterday afternoon. SUPPLIED/23111630
The Cook Islands Rugby League Nines teams have launched a fundraising appeal after their travel plans to the upcoming Pacific Games in Solomon Islands were disrupted by a series of flight cancellations, forcing them to rebook multiple times and significantly draining their finances, reports Losirene Lacanivalu in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
men’s and women’s teams, along with their officials, arrived in Canberra from
Nadi yesterday afternoon. They were scheduled to depart for Brisbane to catch
their connecting flight to Honiara, scheduled to depart Brisbane International
Airport on Saturday at 10:45 am (Australian time) and arrive in Honiara at 2:55
pm (Solomon Islands time).
journey was initially hampered by a flight cancellation to Fiji due to Tropical
Cyclone Mal, leaving them stranded in Auckland on Tuesday. Despite securing an
early morning departure from Auckland to Nadi on Wednesday, they missed the
weekly flight to Honiara.
a video message before departing Nadi yesterday morning, men’s team manager
Wallace Aroita appealed for financial support from the Cook Islands community.
facing a lot of challenges right now with all the rebooking of airline tickets,
baggage, and everything else required to get a team to tour overseas,” Aroita
decided to set up Give a Little and GoFundMe pages to address our financial
situation. This is beyond what we anticipated – we’re not saying we’ve run out
of money, but it has gone deeper than expected.
discussing with the management team, we believe this is necessary to reach out
to our communities and seek assistance from our Cook Islands people.
we want to do is get to the Solomons but we got a lot of challenges on the way.
Though the travel plans are sorted, there is still more to that, refuelling our
athletes, resting and recovering, transportation, and whatever else that is
wishing to contribute can make donations to the Cook Islands Rugby League
Association’s bank account: 83321 S16.1 at the Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI).
team was also planning to establish fundraising pages upon arrival in Brisbane
from the community has already begun pouring in following Aroita’s call for
assistance. CC Tamure Fitness Cook Islands organised a fundraiser at the Avatiu
Sports Club yesterday, appealing for public support.
you’re passionate about rugby or simply want to make a positive difference,
your support is invaluable. Together, we can achieve our fundraising goal and
make a lasting impact on the rugby league community who are currently stranded,”
CC Tamure Fitness Cook Islands said in a Facebook post.
expressed his gratitude for the group’s initiative and thanked everyone for
their unwavering support.
are so grateful that Canberra and Australia have responded and they are coming
to our rescue, that’s massive and means a lot to us.
are now thinking ahead …we are pushing ahead and thinking about other things
that maybe of concern to us. As always, we want to be well prepared.”
Pacific Games league competition commences on Monday, after the official
opening ceremony scheduled for Sunday, November 19 (Solomon Islands time).
Team Cook Islands started their Pacific Games campaign in tennis and basketball
which kicked off yesterday.