Team Rotaract gave a $500 donation to Autism Cook Islands. 21040910
Autism Cook Islands were overwhelmed with the amount of support received yesterday at their Autism Awareness 'Blue Day.'
Multiple members of the community were
seen wearing blue to work, with school children also taking part in swapping
their uniforms for blue attire and lots of donations flooding the Autism Cook
Islands set-up across from the Police Station in Avarua.
With April being Autism Awareness
month, the team at Autism Cook Islands have been working extra hard to create
an extra boost of awareness and has been able to “gain more support every year”
said the charity’s Tony Fe’ao.
This year they have sold over 250
t-shirts and received a hoard of donations from various sources.
T-shirts were available for purchase
at their station across from the Police Station along with a sausage sizzle,
blue cupcakes, wristbands and ribbons for community members who wanted to show
their added support.
Donations were happily received from a
wide range of supporters including ANZ, Prime Foods, Polynesian Rentals, Team
Rotaract, the Cook Islands Family Welfare Association, and many more donors.
All proceeds will go towards funding
the further plans and projects Autism Cook Islands has to further support
autistic children here.
Current initiatives for this year
include Social Confidence Through Play, Gymnastics, Lego Masters Communication
Through Play, and their Learn to Swim swimming lessons.
Funds will also be used to support the
awesome team and staff and to pay for Autism Community catch ups and further
initiatives this year.
Autism is a development disorder which
affects social skills, language and communication skills, and flexibility with
thinking. What causes the disorder remains unknown, which is where advocacy for
awareness comes in with organisations such as Autism Cook Islands striving to
provide support and assistance for both individuals and their families living
with the condition.
‘Acceptance is the key’ is Autism Cook
The charity is in immense awe of the
support this year and with the funds gained at the Blue Day, they look forward
to being able to launch this year’s planned initiatives.