Fundraisers help to bring in more than $32,000

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The campaign to raise funds for Lotu Vaevae Pare and Iotia Atera who are in New Zealand undergoing medical treatment, achieved a substantial amount of $32,716 thanks to the generosity of the Cook Islands community.
The monies raised - Radiothon ($17,445.70), plates of food sales ($9060.30), donations ($5710) and Apii Takitumu Primary’s Pyjama Day ($500) - were deposited with the Bank of the Cook Island.
Member of Parliament for Matavera, Vaitoti Tupa who initiated the fundraiser project along with members of the district, said the organisers are very happy with the final amount that will contribute to the financial living/medical expenses of both Atera and Vaevae Pare who are in Auckland. Iotia and Vaevae Pare are appreciative of the donations and the love from the community, they can’t express their thanks enough, said Tupa.
“Thank you to everyone who rallied to help out, the cooks, volunteers and all those who gave their time and donations for coming together to support these two families in our small community.” The principal of Apii Takitumu Carly Ave says their prayers and thoughts are with both families during these difficult times, both have been and continue to be very supportive of the school in previous times.
“This is a great initiative. This is what community is about, helping one another in times of need.”
The school ‘pyjama day’ held last Friday with gold coin donation, was an idea from one of the student prefects, as Papa Iotia and Lotu would be spending most of their time in hospital -  wearing pyjamas.
Nine year old Vaevae Pare has recently been diagnosed with leukaemia and Atera has lived in New Zealand since last November receiving urgent medical care.       

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