Gloria Rarere-Tinirau, president for Autism Cook Islands said: “It’s amazing to have so much support from our community. We are grateful for every donation we have received.
“The money will go towards future projects. We want to be able to bring in specialists that can diagnose autism correctly and help with communication and speech.”
She said it was great that everyone at Tereora College dressed in blue which is a calming colour for people with autism.
Tony Fe’ao, member of Autism Cook Islands, said: “Around the world, April is autism awareness month. It’s about raising awareness about how autism affects people in our community and it is a chance for people to show some solidarity.”
College principal Tania Morgan said: “If there was something our students could learn from this, it would be that everybody is special in their own way and everyone is unique. This is a worthy cause. We need to be mindful as a school and show our community support.”