The donation was co-ordinated by Rotaract Rarotonga, which presented the materials to the ministry.
Rotaract Rarotonga president Rima Moeka’a said they received a few messages from Jack Elliott, who is the vice-president of Rotaract Club of Dunedin, to help co-ordinate the stationery.
“Our purpose was to coordinate where this stationery is going to go. We were quite lucky to receive this donation and we hope that whoever it goes to, most likely the Pa Enua schools that they find it useful and helpful,” Moeka’a said.
“Their (Rotaract Club of Dunedin) purpose was to collect stationery from within their district and donate to other Rotaract around the world and we were lucky to be one of them.”
Elliotte in an interview with the Otago Daily Times said the idea of donating reading and writing material was born when he left university at the end of last year and discovered he had so much surplus stationery he did not know what to do with.
Dunedin people were called on to hand over their pens, pencils, notepads, and other stationery as part of the fundraising drive to help schools in the Cook Islands.
Through this donation, Rotaract Club of Dunedin said it aimed to ensure nine schools in the country have basic reading and writing material.
Ministry of Education’s language manager Jane Taurarii said the reading and writing materials would be handed to the schools in Pa Enua.
“The resources we have been presented with will be going out to mainly the Pa Enua schools. These schools especially the ones in the northern group are far away from the mainland and these resources will come in handy and actually help them with their school work,” Taurarii said.
Taurarii thanked Rotaract Rarotonga and Rotaract Club of Dunedin for the support.