Paddlers donate tablets to Aitutaki tamariki

Saturday December 06, 2014 Written by Stephen Doherty / Peka Fisher Published in Paddling
Paddlers donate tablets to Aitutaki tamariki

Visiting oe vaka team Wai Nui O Kanada all the way from Canada have brought smiles to the school children of Aitutaki again this year donating a very generous 20 android tablets.

The crew was on the island competing in the Motu2Motu Aitutaki race after competing in Vaka Eiva a week prior.

Last year the children of Araura Junior School benefitted from the team’s generosity and this year the children of Te Kaaroa School were the well-deserved recipients of their kindness. 

Team Cananda raised the money to purchase the donated tablets by running a raffle  in Canada and here in the Cooks of some spectacular pieces of jewellery.

One of the pieces in the raffle contained a Cook Islands Black Pearl and was made by master jeweller and team member, Shaun Boo. 

The team raised over $3000 from their efforts. 

The mapu of Te Kaaroa School welcomed the visitors on to the grounds with beautiful ei’s the students had made especially for the team.

As well as the tablets which were sourced with the help of M2M organisers, the team also presented the school with teaching supplies, materials for the classroom and each student received a school bag.

The tablets  will be used to assist the children from the new entrants right through the grades with a number of educational programmes for all ages. 

Team Canada, are looking forward to returning to Aitutaki in 2015 and bringing with them a whole lot more smiles and gifts for another deserving school.  

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