Says club president Jaewynn McKay:“We are deeply appreciative of the support our sponsors and the community have given us for this, our major yearly fundraising effort.
“Our raffle with prizes valued at over $13,000, brought in over $10,000 in ticket sales. The quality prizes included things like a holiday break in Aitutaki with return air travel, vouchers for other air travel, vouchers for black pearls and bank accounts, holiday breaks at local resorts on Rarotonga with cocktails, meals and island nights thrown in and other gift vouichers worth hundreds of dollars.”
The main prize of a return flight and holiday break in Aitutaki was won by Georgina Daniel from the Edgewater.
The Motor Centre once again donated a Honda motorcycle as the hole-in-one prize. This was eventually auctioned off, with the highest bid of $3000 coming from Mau Raina.
As usual there were hijinks and plenty of fun at the golf where paticipants were encouraged to come dressed as their favourate book character. The winning team was CITC’s “Floppy Dotty Crew”.
The raffle was drawn under police supervison during the prizegiving ceremony and the large crowd enjoyed food and fellowship, and danced to the music of an excellent band.
Meanwhile, McKay says next year the club will celebrate 50 years since Rotary was brought to the Cook Islands. She says some of the projects Rotarians have provided here include the children’s playground at the Punanganui market, rubbish bins for use by the public, the Rotary Health Bus which enables people to have health checks done in their villages and neighborhoods, wheelchairs for people on Rarotonga and in the Pa Enua,the provision of dictionaries and other books for schools and school children - and much more.
“At the weekend there was evidence of visiting or overseas Rotarians in action locally,” McKay says. Members of the Makino Club from Fielding in the lower North Island of New Zealand were helping out at the Ambrose Golf, but earlier in the week they gave the Creative Centre in Maraerenga a paint freshen-up, using paint supplied by an Australian Rotary club in West Wollongong.
“And a cheque for $500 donated by the West Wollongong Rotary club was handed over to Niki Rattle in her capacity as president of Te Vaerua.”
On Saturday night tribute was paid to one of Rarotonga Rotary’s most admired former members and a much loved former president – Mousie Skews, who passed away earlier this year.