Visitors repay warm welcome to Raro

Monday July 16, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Visitors Charlotte Ticquet, left, and Hayley Rose will run Raro Litter Pick drive this Saturday from Wigmore’s Supermarket to Muri beach, starting at 1pm. 18071504 Visitors Charlotte Ticquet, left, and Hayley Rose will run Raro Litter Pick drive this Saturday from Wigmore’s Supermarket to Muri beach, starting at 1pm. 18071504

Visitors Charlotte Ticquet and Hayley Rose are so overwhelmed with the warmth and hospitality they are receiving in Rarotonga that they want to give some love back to the local community.

The two are planning to run a roadside clean-up drive (they’re calling it the “Raro Litter Pick”) this Saturday, starting at Wigmore’s Supermarket in Titikaveka and heading towards Muri beach, from 1pm.

The idea was born during a stroll by the Aroa beach when the duo noticed bottles and other rubbish on the side of the road.

With the help of two other friends, they got into the dirty job of picking up whatever rubbish they could on their way back to their accommodation.

“That’s when the idea of taking a walk around the island and picking up rubbish along the way came about,” Rose, who hails from England, said.

Ticquet, who initiated the drive, said she was inspired by a litter collecting campaign called the Colibri programme in her home country, France.

The globetrotter said the Colibri programme started 10-15 years ago and focused on clean-up campaigns in communities.

“The programme inspires people to keep their surroundings clean. It drives people into picking up rubbish and disposing them properly every time they see litter in public places,” Ticquet said.

“We thought of doing something similar in Rarotonga. This clean up drive is a way of thanking Rarotonga for everything they have done for us: for all the passionfruit and other fruits that the island has provided us, the lagoon, beautiful forest, beaches and friendly people.”

Rose said anyone willing to join them was welcome to do so.

“We will start the walk at 1pm from Wigmore’s and we would appreciate extra pairs of hands along the way. They don’t have to walk all the way to Muri; whatever distance they can do will be highly appreciated,” she said.

“We would like to ask people to be conscious of their actions when it comes to rubbish disposal. Rarotonga is a beautiful place and we want to help maintain its prestige.”

Anyone willing to help the two with waste disposal bags or any other support can contact them at the Backpackers International Hostel on 21847.

They will also be at Muri Night Market this week promoting Raro Litter Pick and interested people are welcome to sign up for this worthy cause.

2 comments

  • Comment Link Tim Teiotu Wednesday, 18 July 2018 03:18 posted by Tim Teiotu

    Such an amazing idea. Hopefully our friendly people of the beautiful Cook Islands will join in to help,and learn to keep our beautiful Cook Island Nice and Prestige. Thank you Ranuinui to you girls. Meitaki Maata.

  • Comment Link Nancy Branum Monday, 16 July 2018 13:45 posted by Nancy Branum

    Here in Oregon in 1984 two women started a beach cleanup. It now is held in both Spring and Fall. All 362 miles of our coastline ( all of which are public) now are quite clean. The program is also used on some rivers. More info at solveoregon.org
    I hope a program can help beautiful Rarotonga.

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