The boxes of stationery waere gratefully accepted by Nukuroa School principal Christopher Story and will be put to full use by the school’s 42 students.
School students on Aitutaki have already been enjoying their donated stationery which, together with the goodies that were presented to Nukuroa School students, were gifted by passengers aboard cruise ship MS Westerdam.
The cruise ship visited Rarotonga last month and although passengers from the ship were unable to disembark due to heavy sea swells and strong winds – they were able to leave their mark on the Cook Islands by donating more than 20 large boxes and suitcases of goods.
Stationery, clothes, shoes, office supplies, sports gear, medical supplies, reading glasses and books were all part of the donation from MS Westerdam passengers which was originally destined for Fanning Island.
Stuart Henry from Cruise Cook Islands decided that the Cook Islands Red Cross Society were the best people to handle distribution of the donated goods.
In a letter to present the donations, MS Westerdam captin Rens Van Eerten said, “This donation will enrich the lives of many friendly people on Rarotonga.”
“With your support, I can make this initiative a reality which is an essential for the wellbeing of our fellow human being.”
After sorting through the boxes and suitcases of donated goods, Red Cross Cook Islands have begun to distribute the items to schools across the Cook Islands with Aitutaki and Mitiaro students the first to benefit from the generosity of the cruise ship passengers.
Donations are being taken to the Pa Enua by Red Cross staff as they carry out various humanitarian projects on the islands.
- Mana Media