The Apostolic Church has kindly donated to non-governmental organisations on Rarotonga who service the vulnerable. 22090401
Non-governmental organisations who service the vulnerable in the community felt “blessed” to have received donations from the Apostolic Church.
Bishop Tutai Pere of
the Apostolic Church presented cash donations to Autism Cook Islands, Te Vaerua
Community Rehabilitation Service, The Creative Centre, Te Are Pa Metua and Te
Kainga “as a token of our love and giving back to the community”.
Church fundraising catering crew has been exceptionally busy catering for many
events throughout the Constitutions Celebrations.
Bishop Pere said
he was “most impressed” with the efficiency and efforts of the church’s
catering kitchen, whose productivity has benefitted from the expertise of one
of its members Tua Manea, the head chef at The Rarotongan Beach Resort &
“It is more
blessed to give than to receive,” Bishop Pere said.
“Because of the
blessings from the Lord” and after consultations with the Apostolic Church’s executive
committee, it was decided to gift $500 to each of the five charity
organisations, said Bishop Pere.
Community Rehabilitation Service manager Maine Beniamina was extremely grateful
to receive the donation which will help purchase more equipment, such as crutches
“We are blessed to
receive this gift from the Apostolic Church which is needed to assist with the
quality of life our people,” such as the bedridden, persons with amputations,
and stroke cases, said Beniamina.
Centre’s operations manager Danny Tixier is well
aware of the struggles that NGO’s encounter, and showed his appreciation and
gratitude to the Apostolic Church.
Creative Centre operations manager Danny Tixier is grateful for the church’s support. “The work is sometimes challenging…and we do think we are alone sometimes.” 22090402
“Working on our
own and alone looking after our vulnerable, persons with disabilities and our
elderly, the work is sometimes challenging,” said Tixier.
“And we do think
we are alone sometimes and the funding that we have is not good enough, but we
make do with what funding we’ve got – we make things stretch and we all try our
best to get positive outcomes. We don’t complain, we just work hard.
“It is a blessing
that the Apostolic Church has given us this donation since there are areas in
which we run out of things constantly,” said Tixier.
Tepaeru Teaukura nee Nicholas from Te Are Pa Metua was moved by the Apostolic Church donation. 22090403
The NGOs strive to
deliver a quality service and a safe service to the vulnerable people in the
Cook Islands and are “extremely grateful” for the Apostolic Church’s donation
and words of comfort.
Teaukura nee Nicholas from Te Are Pa Metua was so moved by the kind gesture she
insisted on making her own speech, thanking the Apostolic Church for their
consistent contributions – including food – to their centre over the years.