Friday 18 November 2011 | Published in Regional
Schools across the Cook Islands will benefit from this years Vaka Eiva Trader Jacks charity Boiler Swim to be held on Tuesday November 22 at Avarua harbour paddling central for the week-long oe vaka festival.
The swim to the boiler and back is approximately 750m and is for anyone and everyone paddlers, supporters and the local community at large.
Entry into the fun race is a gold coin or a note which will go towards the Vaka Eiva adopt-a-school programme.
The adopt-a-school programme encourages oe vaka teams to adopt a school and share their culture with the kids as well as supporting the school through donations of resources.
The benefit for local school children is that they will have the opportunity to learn about where their adopted oe vaka team comes from as well as getting the growing annual paddling festival.
The children will also take to the beaches and oe vaka venues to cheer on their adopted team.
There will be oodles of spot prizes for swimmers that take part in the boiler swim with everyone encouraged to dress up.
There will be prizes for the best dressed swimmer or team, best effort and best or worse excuse.
Those too shy to take part can still make a gold coin donation to go towards the adopt-a school programme.