Aitutaki's One Foot Island. PHOTO: COOK ISLANDS TOURISM. 20122909
Tasty fresh barbequed fish direct from Aitutaki will be on sale on Friday at Constitution Park to raise funds for the island’s historic 200th Bi-Centennial Anniversary of Christianity’s arrival, next month.
On Rarotonga, the Aitutaki community have banded together to
organise and prepare for today’s special fundraising event.
One of the organisers Davina Hosking-Ashford says barbequed
meat plates will also be selling this morning along with nu, rimu, food
produce, and a spin the wheel raffle as well as the Aitutaki People’s
Association raffle of 18 lucky winners will also be drawn.
A radiothon will also run today from 2pm to 6pm on Radio
Cook Islands, people are encouraged to call the radio station and offer a kind
donation to support the cause.
Hosking-Ashford and fellow Aitutakian George George humbly
ask all Aitutakians and the people of Rarotonga to come along and purchase
food, catchup with friends, and listen to the sweet sounds of Papa Ruru and the
Boys live band.
The organising committee of the 200th Bi-Centennial
Anniversary include Aitutaki mayor Tekura Bishop, supported by the island’s
executive officer Tuaine George and the bi-centennial committee chairman Pastor
Meanwhile the Cook Islands Christian Church (CICC) 34th
Bi-Centennial General Assembly which was initially scheduled to run parallel to
the 200-year anniversary had been postponed to 2023 due to the current Covid-19
travel restrictions and uncertain outlook for travel in the near future both
locally and overseas.
Nga Mataio, the CICC general secretary, had explained that
the decision was not an easy one for the committee to make given the great
amount of preparations done by Aitutaki and all those who had planned to visit
the island for the two back-to-back events, “but there were no other viable
options apart from the ones decided on by the committee.”
With the support of the government, the Pa Enua, Rarotonga
and family and friends overseas, the island’s 200-year celebration is going
ahead as planned but has been scaled back to just three days, from Monday,
October 25 to Wednesday, October 27. The day to mark the arrival of
Christianity to Aitutaki will be October 26.