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Thursday 18 February 2010 | Published in Regional

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The Rarotonga-based Mangaia community will raise funds through a BBQ and its regular Housie day this week to help the Aitutaki cyclone relief efforts.

On Saturday the community will be selling plates of BBQ food, desserts, drinks and more from the Tupapa Centre all day from 9am. Profits from the community’s regular weekend Housie session from 1pm onwards will also go towards the total funds to be handed over to the Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal.

Community president Papatua Papatua says they are not only fundraising for Aitutaki because they have relatives there, but because they feel the need to contribute to the cause in whatever way they can.

“We felt it was important at this time of need for the people of Aitutaki,” he says.

The community is hoping that one of their most high profile members, prime minister Jim Marurai, will support the fundraiser along with the general public. Papatua says the people in Mangaia are also hoping to raise funds there to give to the Aitutaki Cyclone Appeal as well.

The Mangaia community in Rarotonga is being asked to contribute to the BBQ by bringing meat and salads to the Tupapa Centre by 9am on Saturday. Plates of food will be selling for around $8.

For more information on how you can help Mangaia’s efforts to raise funds for Aitutaki, call Papatua on 74329. - HG