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Tupapa Village Festival Fun in the Sun

Cook Islands Football through its Just Play program combined with the Ministry of Health and three sporting organizations to put on this month’s Village Festival for youngsters aged 5 to 13.
“We are delighted with the support from the parents, schools, community and children who were ready to come out and play in a fun, safe and supervised festival” said Just Play project manager Michelle Paiti.
Children enjoyed the activities that were filled with fun and thrilling games as grins of happiness and laughter filled Victoria Park.
The children had the opportunity to learn basic skills which was aimed to encourage and promote the health message for the month physical activity while keeping hydrated with water.
“The Village Festival is to provide children with the opportunity to have positive experience and fun, encouraging everyone to participate no matter what age or skill level and to also encourage children to take part in sports and physical activities throughout their lives” continues Paiti.
Public Health’s Karen Tairea advised the importance of at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity every day, encouraged to not watch TV for more than two hours straight and promoted the awareness of non-communicable diseases.
When asked what activities the children enjoyed the most, screams of delight was heard amongst the children as each sporting code was mention.
Paiti would like to acknowledge the other sports codes; Cook Islands Rugby, Netball, Rugby League, the Ministry of Health for partnering up to deliver this monthly event and the continued support of Australian Aid for their continued funding of the Just Play Social Development Programme.

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