Newlyweds give back to the island

Tuesday September 12, 2017 Written by Published in Local
Te Vaerua Rehabilitation Service clinical leader Donna Smith receives the $200 donation from newly married couple Ali Mackenzie Rata and Dallas Rata. 17090715 Te Vaerua Rehabilitation Service clinical leader Donna Smith receives the $200 donation from newly married couple Ali Mackenzie Rata and Dallas Rata. 17090715

Not every couple that travels to Rarotonga for their wedding will go out of their way to leave behind a generous donation.

 

But for Dallas and Ali Mackenzie Rata, getting married on Rarotonga meant that it was important to give back to the island.

The couple arrived on Rarotonga with friends and family to celebrate their wedding which took place on August 26.

Dallas said rather than doing wedding favours, they wanted to give back to the island so they contacted wedding planner Andrea Rongokea for advice.

“We didn’t really know what was going to be most valued by the local community, so Andrea posted on the Rarotonga Community and Beyond Facebook page about our incentive to give.”

Dallas said the post received an overwhelming response and many people gave feedback in terms of what causes they should donate to.

Te Vaerua Rehabilitation Service was chosen, so the couple got in touch with the non-government organisation to give their pledge of $200.

Te Vaerua’s clinical leader Donna Smith said many organisations were recommended by people in the community.

“For us to receive this donation is really awesome because the other organisations are really great too,” she said.

Donna said Te Vaerua was very grateful for the couple’s donation especially since the couple came to get married and had still thought about the community.

Ali said they hoped other people also think to give back to the island in some way.

“We got to enjoy our wedding day and the privilege to have our holiday here, it only seems right to give back.”

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