Mana sup­port vi­tal

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

Creek­fest is a fes­ti­val held in the heart of east­ern Porirua, Can­nons Creek.

It’s the big­gest health fes­ti­val in New Zealand and at­tracted 35,000 peo­ple last year.

Ev­ery health and so­cial ser­vice provider par­tic­i­pates where so many key mes­sages are shared in a fun fam­ily day en­vi­ron­ment.

The day is a real com­mu­nity af­fair and would not be pos­si­ble with­out the fi­nan­cial sup­port of our many fun­ders and spon­sors and their gen­eros­ity is ac­knowl­edged con­stantly through a num­ber of medi­ums re­gard­less of how much they have contributed.

Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion have al­ways given some­thing to­wards Creek­fest.

In the past three years that I have been or­gan­is­ing the event they have given $30,000, which we have been ex­tremely grate­ful for, though it’s not about the money, it’s about their sup­port which is cru­cial as they are the only Porirua Gam­ing Trust with elected Porirua City coun­cil­lors, cur­rent mayor and pre­vi­ous may­ors on it and other fun­ders know that.

With­out their sup­port it is im­pos­si­ble to ex­pect fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from other gam­ing fun­ders, which we need.

Per­son­ally, I have been hum­bled by the gen­eros­ity of all who give to make this day a success, es­pe­cially our core team, Ki­tiona Tauira, Benna Se­vealii and Cas­sius Kuresa.

Last year we had 126 reg­is­tered vol­un­teers, our youth brought their vi­brancy and strength and those a lit­tle older, their prac­ti­cal com­mon­sense and com­mit­ment.

The sun shines ev­ery year and Creek­fest is an op­por­tu­nity to show­case east­ern Porirua so pos­i­tively around our re­gion and cel­e­brate our cul­tural di­ver­sity.

It’s al­ways been a plea­sure to have been a part of mak­ing this day hap­pen and the fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als I have come to know in this com­mu­nity.

It has never been about my role in pol­i­tics.

Health­links has con­tin­ued to fa­cil­i­tate the event as our ser­vice to our com­mu­nity to im­prove health out­comes for all peo­ple of Porirua.

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