Delight in the cycle of life

Saturday June 27, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Margaret Makakea had been selling handmade jewellery and pareu to save money for a bicycle – until a generous American stepped in. KATRINA TANIRAU 20062602 Margaret Makakea had been selling handmade jewellery and pareu to save money for a bicycle – until a generous American stepped in. KATRINA TANIRAU 20062602

The smile on Margaret Makakea’s face said it all when she was presented with her brand new red bicycle at the Creative Centre yesterday.

Makakea, who sells jewellery and pareu at the Punanga Nui Market: “All I want is to buy a new bicycle so I can go wherever I want,” the 34-year-old told Cook Islands News last week.

After reading the article, Gigi Ramage McDougall from Washington state in the US wrote to Cook Islands News saying she felt compelled to do something.

Yesterday Ramage McDougall joined everyone at the Creative Centre by video stream, where she said she wished she could’ve been there to give Makakea a hug.

As well as the brand new red bicycle, Makakea got a safety helmet and a lock.

Rarotonga is very close to Ramage McDougall’s heart: she was married here, she and her husband marked their 10th wedding anniversary on the island, and they have visited often.

“I was supposed to come back in May but because of the virus couldn’t unfortunately,” she said.

“This isn’t about me wanting to be thanked, I wanted to acknowledge the amazing work being done at the Creative Centre.”

While talking to Ramage McDougall, Makakea, 34, couldn’t contain her excitement and gratitude as other members clapped and cheered.

Centre manager Danny Tixier thanked Ramage McDougall for her kind donation and putting smiles on the faces of the people at the Creative Centre.

The intention is to get more bikes in the near future, so members can learn how to ride.  

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