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Christmas Village Festival on Today

The ever popular Just Play programme through Cook Islands Football has partnered up with the Ministry of Health, Cook Islands Rugby, Cricket, Netball, Rugby League and Athletics to deliver this community initiative.
The six sporting codes will provide a variety of activities for keen youngsters to join their peers and participate in fun filled activities through a rotational system that is set up to offer the children a chance to experience all the different sports codes on offer.
“School holidays are here so we encourage all the children to come and join us at the Christmas Village Festival for some sporting fun” Paiti says.
Public Health staff will share this month’s two health messages Hydration and Physical Activity with the children during the compulsory water breaks and this will be a timely reminder for them all with the hot weather and holiday upon us.
The Village Festivals have continuously taken place around the island throughout the year and has seen the attendance numbers grow each time. Reaching over 600 children so far this year.
The popular sporting initiative was instigated by Just Plays Project Manager Michelle Paiti with the support of Public Health’s Karen Tairea to provide all children 5-13 years with the opportunity to be physically active and have fun within their own communities, while also promoting important health messages which will assist in combating NCD’s (Non-Communicable Disease).
All children are most welcome so parents organise your kids to head to Victoria Park, Tupapa where they will have fun, be supervised, safe and physically active.
Water will be provided during the festival but we ask that children wear hats or sunblock to keep them safe from the sun.
Paiti would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Australian Sports Commission (AUSAID) through the Just Play Social Development Programme and also thank all our partners in this community initiative.

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