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50th Celebration Village Festival A Success

The well organised Just Play Village Festival had Victoria Park filled with our local children and parents as well as those here from the Pa Enua, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong to enjoy the celebrations, participating in an morning of fun sports activities and social messages as squeals of laughter could be heard across the field as the children had a go at the variety of fun sports activities.
Cook Islands Football through its thrilling Just Play Village Festival Program partnered with Rugby, Cricket, Athletics, Badminton, Public Health and Ministry of Internal Affairs Inclusion Division to bring exiting activities and social messages for all the children to experiences in a safe event at the heart of the 50th Celebrations.
Just Play Manager Michelle Paiti said “lots of children look forward to the fun Village Festival every month and we wanted to have the children join in with the 50th celebrations and to also get together with their peers, be active, learn about key social messages and have a go at different sports they might not normally have the opportunity to do. “
A first for our village festival program was the participation of five sets of twins.
Ten year old Teniva Guinea and her twin brother Declan visiting home from Hong Kong had loads of fun at the Village Festival.
“Being home during the 50th celebration makes me proud to be a Cook Islander and of my parents, grandparents and family. It is amazing how much the Cook Islands has developed through the years especially in sports. The Village Festival is a great event. I am able to play different sports, make new friends and have learnt how important it is to respect each other and work in a team” said Teniva Guinea.
Parents were seen around the field with their children enjoying the activities. Ira Matxinada brought her twin sons to participate in the fun activities.
“It’s a great sports event for my sons and children to have fun while making new friends” said Ira Matxinada.
Karen Tairea from Public Health delivered the Health Message while Lani Matanitabua of Internal Affairs Disability Division delivered the Inclusion Message. Children were also given Key Messages for Health and Inclusion Cards to remind them of these important messages.
“We are encouraging all children boys-girls 5 to 13 years to be outdoors and active, after school, weekends and holidays, have fun and make healthy choices for themselves for their futures” continues Just Play Manager Michelle Paiti.
Paiti would like to thank all the coaches and volunteers for their huge efforts on Thursday and local partners for their continued support and contributions to this community initiative.
Cook Islands Football would like to acknowledge the continued support and funding through the Just Play Social Development Programme from the Australian Government (AusAid), Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), UEFA and UNICEF.
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