Rotaract Club’s Annual Spring Ball benefits EHF

Rotoract Spring Ball Danceline with Gregg

Rotoract Spring Ball Danceline with Gregg Young

Rio madness at children’s ball

Cook Islands News Sat 29 Sep

“The profits from this year’s ball will go towards animal clinic Esther Honey Foundation.”

If you see a flock of brightly-coloured parrots squawking their way around Rarotonga on October 12, don’t be alarmed – it’s just local kids incognito for Rotaract’s Junior Spring Ball.

The Rotaract Club of Rarotonga is holding their annual children’s ball at the Ngatangiia club house, starting 6pm onwards for children aged five to 10 years old.

The theme is centred around the 3D computer-animated musical comedy film Rio, which was released in cinemas last year. The movie tells the story of Blu, a male blue macaw who is taken to Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro in order to mate with a female of the same species, Jewel. The two birds eventually fall in love and plan to escape together to avoid being bird-smuggled by cockatoo Nigel.

There will be prizes on the night for the best costume (both boy and girl) and for king, queen, prince, and princess. There will also be a prize for the best boy and girl dancer and spot prizes too.

The profits from this year’s ball will go towards animal clinic Esther Honey Foundation.

“We thought that those who volunteer at the Esther Honey Foundation need a lending hand and what better way to do this,” Rotaract president Maru Mariri says.

“It is a different cause for us, since we usually fundraise for other causes, such as the Are Pa Metua.”

The Foundation relies solely on donations from the public to care for animals in Rarotonga. Foundation representative Gregg Young thanks Rotaract for thinking of the animal clinic, as donations are always needed. There will also be a float parade on the day of the ball, starting from Te Uki Ou School through to the ball’s venue.

Tickets – which cost $10 per child – are limited, but any spares will be sold at the door as well.

Contact any Rotoract member for a ticket, or Maru Mariri on 79545 and Sandra Taringa on 52434.

~ Calida Smylie