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Friday 12 February 2010 | Published in Regional

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Aitutakians on Rarotonga are rallying to organise a fundraising appeal to assist with the relief effort on Aitutaki following tropical cyclone Pat.

Aitutaki Community secretary Mona Ioane said that a meeting of the executive was held yesterday and it is anticipated that a radiothon, along with food stalls at Te Atukura, will be held on Friday, February 19.

A public meeting to finalise details for the fundraiser will be held at the Aitutaki hostel on Monday, February 15 at 4.30pm.

Ioane said that already he has been flooded by calls from Aitutakians overseas wanting to know what has happened in the homeland, and what they can do to assist.

The limited communication links with the island is frustrating said Ioane and he is hoping that one of the executives can get over to Aitutaki before Monday’s meeting.

Ioane said that next week’s fundraiser – Araura Enua Pat Appeal -- has been supported by the island’s aronga mana and three members of parliament.