Ellena Tavioni: Facemasks

Thursday March 26, 2020 Published in Letters to the Editor
euira Napa models TAV’s handmade facemasks (left) with Ellena Tavioni and Faga Hiagi. 20032408./ Katrina Tanirau euira Napa models TAV’s handmade facemasks (left) with Ellena Tavioni and Faga Hiagi. 20032408./ Katrina Tanirau

Kia orana editor,

First of all, excellent news in regard to government package.

 

As an employer, it’s a huge relief knowing families who rely on our business for their livelihood are at least okay for the next three months.

I can now focus my attention on the business itself. Tav employees will be kept busy making free masks for all students on Rarotonga and if we continue to have free time, we will go out and volunteer to clean pensioners’ homes so we can feel deserved of the employee package.

If one looks back at our history, we were spared the Spanish flu in 1918 because government at the time banned all ships from visiting Rarotonga. Thousands of people died in nearby Tahiti and if it had hit Rarotonga, a lot of us wouldn’t be here today, as some of our ancestors would have definitely perished.

Around the end of the 1800s there were only 2,000 Rarotongans and 900 of those were orphans. This is a scene we wouldn’t want to be repeated.  

I’m hoping every person in the Cook Islands will take this global problem very seriously, eat healthy and be over hygienic.

Te Atua Te Aroa,

Ellena Tavioni.

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