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Friday 8 July 2011 | Published in Regional

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Sponsoring and supporting a sports club is one way Ken King believes he can help youths stay out of crime and trouble.

This week King, who is the general manager at the Motor Centre in Panama, donated $500 to the Ngakau Toa under 16 paddling crew who were very grateful for his generous support.

King says one of the reasons he decided to make a donation to the club was because he has seen all the hard work that assistant coach Toru Tutai has put into organising the paddling clubs youth group and getting them involved in the sport.

I know Toru and have seen the amount of work she has put into these kids, says King.

And with the growing crime rate on the island I wanted to do a little bit to help keep these guys out of crime and trouble.

King adds that through his donation to the club, he wanted to inspire other expatriates living in the islands to do the same and get proactive about what goes on in the community theyve adopted.

Its just a small way of giving back to the community, says King.

Kings donation to the club will go a long way in helping the growing youth paddling group purchase much needed paddles for upcoming oe vaka events.

The junior club recently ran a paddlethon which raised $1000 which will also go towards purchasing paddles for the future paddling stars of our country.

If you are keen to support this fantastic group of kids contact Toru Tutai.

Or get along to the sports club in your village and help keep the youth in your community out of crime and involved in sports.