Over 500 generous donors have supported the school in its fourth year running of the Win a Trip to Raro fundraiser that managed to raise $14,071.64
The school is grateful to have surpassed their target of $12,000.
The annual online fundraiser was launched on July 5 this year and was designed through the “Givealittle” website to raise money through payments.
Donations to the primary school could be as little as $10, and donors went into the draw to win a seven night holiday for two to Rarotonga and Aitutaki, as well as prizes including accommodation at Sea Change Villas, an island night at Te Vara Nui, cruises courtesy of Koka Lagoon Cruizes, fishing charters, “pamper” sessions and more.
More than 20 local businesses donated flights, luxury accommodation, transport, meals and awesome island activities to make the project the school’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
The fundraiser closed on December 15, and Tracie Percival from Queensland, Australia for the winner.
Percival was grateful and excited to be the winner.
“The Cook Islands is my happy place, my absolute favourite place in the world.
“I can’t thank you enough and I am thrilled to support the local school each year by entering this awesome competition,” she said.
Fundraising committee member Simone Fe’ao said the proceeds from the fundraiser will provide the school, with additional educational resources specifically for Cook Islands Maori Culture and school children who need extra assistance.
“Fundraising enables us to provide additional resources and staffing for our students so we can offer a broad range of opportunities,” she said.
Money from last year’s fundraiser went towards the senior school student’s cultural experience in Mangaia last month.
Fe’ao said the school had received a fantastic response from the community and overseas supporters.
“Being an online fundraiser allows overseas families and friends to be a part of the development of the children here.
“A huge meitaki maata to the local businesses that have donated services and products to the prize package.
“It’s an amazing package worth over $13,000 and it wouldn’t have been possible without their support.
“Special thanks to our major sponsors Air New Zealand, Air Raro, Sea Change Villas and Pacific Resort Aitutaki.”