Tuakau Com­mu­nity Chil­dren Do­nates for Win­ston Vic­tims

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De­spite their young age, chil­dren of Tuakau com­mu­nity in Manukau, New Zealand had a de­sire to as­sist their peers af­fected by Cy­clone Win­ston in what­ever way pos­si­ble.

Af­ter hear­ing of the dev­as­ta­tion caused, the young chil­dren of Tuakau com­mu­nity asked if they were able to do­nate some of their sport­ing equip­ment to stu­dents in Fiji. As such, for the past few days, of­fi­cers from the To­togo Po­lice Sta­tion have been as­sist­ing New Zealand Po­lice’s Sergeant Ak­erei Mare­sala-Thom­son in dis­tribut­ing sport­ing equip­ment to schools. Sergeant Thom­son is the leader of the multi-cul­tural team for the New Zealand Po­lice and is pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing sup­port to the New Zealand Pa­cific Is­land Com­mu­ni­ties in South Auck­land. On Tues­day Po­lice of­fi­cers from To­togo as­sisted Se­nior Sergeant Thom­son with the dis­tri­bu­tion of sport­ing equip­ment for stu­dents of Suva Pri­mary School in Sam­ab­ula. In hand­ing over the do­na­tion, Sergeant Thom­son said all of­fi­cers ral­lied to­gether to col­lect funds and sup­plies to be dis­trib­uted through­out com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by the se­ries of cy­clones that rav­aged the Pa­cific Is­land na­tions of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. “As part of my staff we have in­di­vid­ual sup­port net­works within the po­lice and we have 600 Po­lice of­fi­cers who are Pa­cific Is­lan­ders, 50 of them are part of the Fi­jian sup­port of­fi­cers club called the Cane Cut­ters club. “When the cy­clone hap­pened in Fiji, one of my roles was to co-or­di­nate a re­lief drive and some do­nated money while oth­ers gave items”. He said it was great to see young chil­dren of­fer­ing to help. “Chil­dren who are mem­bers of the Un­der-6 Karaka Rugby Club af­ter watch­ing the news de­cided to do­nate their rugby uni­forms to stu­dents in Fiji be­cause they know Fi­jians are re­ally good at rugby.

“If our kids at this level are show­ing their ea­ger­ness to as­sist each other in times of need then I think we have a bright fu­ture ahead of us.” In ac­cept­ing the rugby uni­forms Suva Pri­mary School head teacher Sal­en­dra Ku­mar said the school was ap­pre­cia­tive of the as­sis­tance es­pe­cially as the pri­mary school rugby sea­son had com­menced. “On be­half of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion we would like to ex­tend our heart­felt grat­i­tude to you and the chil­dren of Tuakau com­mu­nity for think­ing of their peers dur­ing such a dif­fi­cult time.”

Other schools have been iden­ti­fied and of­fi­cers from the To­togo Po­lice Sta­tion will be dis­tribut­ing the do­nated items in the com­ing weeks. Sergeant Thom­son has also ac­knowl­edged the hos­pi­tal­ity of the Of­fi­cer in Charge (OC) of the To­togo Po­lice Sta­tion Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Meli Sateki and his of­fi­cers for host­ing him dur­ing his stay in Fiji.

Se­nior Sergeant Ak­erei Mare­sala-Thom­son with teach­ers of Suva Pri­mary School

Photo: Po­lice Me­dia Cell

Chil­dren of the U-6 Karaka rugby club.

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