Digital gift wins heart
The donation of a second-hand computer has helped a family keep up with technology and given a 9-year-old girl an amazing sense of accomplishment.
The computer package was donated by an anonymous resident with the help of the Whangarei Leader.
People in genuine need of the computer were encouraged to write a short letter saying why they should get it.
There were 19 applications.
The donor says it was a hard decision but he could not go past a letter from 9-year-old Sharon Wati from St Francis Xavier School.
Sharon says she has been wanting a computer for a long time but her mum was unable to afford one.
Sharon and her two younger brothers will be able to use the computer to research information for homework, plus play games on it as a reward, she says.
The Gadolo family is originally from Fiji and Sharon says the computer will also help the family get in contact with relatives and friends.
Sharon says her school found out about the giveaway and encouraged her to write in.
She was confident right from the start that she would be chosen but was still very excited when she found out.
"I was screaming and was so happy. I felt like I had achieved something," she says.
"The donor is a very nice man and I would like to say to him thank you for giving me the opportunity to win a computer."
The donor says he has been humbled by the applications.
"I was deeply moved to hear of people's circumstances within my own town. I wish I had 19 computers to give away but unfortunately there can be only one recipient," he says.
"I would like to thank those who applied and to those that missed out, I wish them well with their endeavours that they've outlined to me."
The donor says the aim was to make a difference and he feels like he has done that.
He encourages others who have a computer which is still working well but no longer needed to also give it away.
"If it's still got working life I would urge them to donate it because there are people out there that need them."
IT company Cocurullo's installed the equipment.