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Festival brings fun in Arorangi

Forty children from around the area took part in the day’s event, which consisted of a range of football, rugby and netball related activities.
Just Play Project Manager Michelle Paiti was happy for the boys and girls who were involved in the Village Festival designed to promote active and healthy lifestyle for children aged between six and 13 years – and believes such occasions are highly important for the development of young people.
The budding young stars took part in fun activities and small-sided games throughout the afternoon while also being taught various football, rugby and netball skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and team work.
“One of the things we hope the kids will get out of this is an increased awareness of keeping active and playing sports to keep healthy. We emphasise this to our children through these monthly after school activities,” says Paiti.
The Ministry of Health’s representative Papa Rangi was effective with his visual aid in promoting this month’s health message ‘Hydration’ – drinking water to keep hydrated while promoting water is the best drink.
With a bucket of sand in hand, plastic glass and teaspoon, Papa Rangi selected a volunteer to illustrate how many teaspoons of sugar is contained in a can of coca cola which caught the attention of the children knowing the amount of sugar present in one can is not good and realising that water is best.
To commemorate their afternoon of fun and games at the Village Festival the youngsters gathered for a group photo before departing for the afternoon.
The Village Festivals is a community initiative developed by Just Play Manager Michelle Paiti to help provide more opportunities for all our children throughout the villages.
Paiti would like to thank the parents who encourage their children to join the activities within their village as well as those who now follow the programme around the island.
Paiti would like to acknowledge the continued support of AusAID and the other sporting codes involved in the Village Festivals.

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