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Run, walk or stumble

Tuesday 10 May 2011 | Published in Regional


Run, walk or stumble a mile for a glass of beer at Wednesdays inaugural Matutu Mile fun run and raise funds for Te Vaerua Community Rehabilitation Service.

The triathlon association and local Matutu Breweries have organised the Matutu Mile fun run from the Tikioki tri site, starting at 5.30pm to conclude the week of triathlon activities.

Everyone is encouraged to take part and make a $2 donation, which goes directly to the Te Vaerua service.

There will also be prizes for the best dressed so fancy costumes are essential for Wednesdays fun run. Special prizes are offered for the more outrageous Matutu moments.

Matutu beer will be on sale and there will be a sausage sizzle, with proceeds also going towards Te Vaerua.

Te Vaerua is a charitable, non-government organisation, and is the only rehabilitation service in the Cook Islands providing physical therapy and assistive devices for people with disabilities.

It is heavily dependent on volunteer support and charity funding.

Te Vaerua provides services and support for a range of people, who due to injury, illness or disability require services and support to assist them to regain their independence, improve their quality of life and regain life skills.

The service includes work, leisure, self care and community-based activities for people who may have been affected by stroke, head injury, neurological conditions, limb amputation, arthritis and other physical disabilities or accidents.

The Te Vaerua team aims to help people help themselves, providing physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social support and home based care services.

The Te Vaerua team includes social worker Pat Farr, equipment store manager Mataiti Mataiti, occupational therapist Kelly Pick and newsletter scribe Edwina Matapo.

Also instrumental in the development and running of the service are committee members Pastor Eliu Eliu, Jane Lamb, Dernice Rongo, Grete Marsters, Nadine Newnham and Marie Francis.

The Te Vaerua team will appreciate your fun and contribution at the Matutu Mile on Wednesday.