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Rutaki to host third Village Festival

The Village Festivals is a Just Play Football Community Initiative which provides all boys and girls between 6 and 13 years the opportunity to be physically active after school in their community through a variety of different sporting activities while receiving important health message to improve their lifestyles.
Cook Islands Football Association through its Just Play program has partnered up with Cook Islands Rugby, Cook Islands Cricket, Little Athletics and new comer Cook Islands Netball to deliver this community initiative.
“We are pleased Cook Islands Netball has come on board to assist us with this community sporting event through fun activity and games for the young ones,” Paiti says.
“We need to keep our children active and healthy and what better way to do it through this community initiative with these five sporting codes on offer to provide the youngsters the opportunity to get together and mingle with their peers to enjoy an afternoon of fun and games.”
A program instigated by Just Play Football Project Manager, Michelle Paiti with the assistance of the Ministry of Health’s Karen Tairea in March following the promotion of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Awareness Program to keep Cook Islanders Active and eating Healthy.
‘5 + a Day’ is this month’s health message, eating at least five fruits a day and vegetables to keep the mind and body rejuvenated and charged will be echoed throughout the afternoon.
The first Village Festival was held in the village of Tupapa Maraerenga at Victoria Park where four sporting codes Just Play Football, Rugby, Cricket and Tamariki Sports saw a large number of children getting involved in the activities.
Following the fun and games in the early evening, Karen Tairea from the Ministry of Public Health will hold a Lifestyle Expo at the Rutaki Meeting House from 6-7pm to make the community in and around Puaikura aware and to be informed of the non-communicable diseases within our small community.
The youngsters within and around Rutaki and nearby village area are encouraged to gather to the Rutaki Primary School grounds for a mixed variety of fun and games.
Paiti would like to thank Cook Islands Rugby Union, Cook Islands Cricket and Little Athletics and Cook Islands Netball for supporting the awareness of the non-communicable disease and to provide sporting activities for our youngsters.

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