Funds collected through gofundme will be used by the newly registered Tapuaki Mei Langi AUTISM Foundation Inc, founded by my niece 'Ilaisaane (Saane) Siale Faka'osifolau whose son, Ma'ake, is autistic. These funds will go towards strengthening awareness campaign on Autism in the Kingdom; bringing in knowledgeable teachers and specialists from overseas to work with their parents/caregivers; and building and equipping a resource center for members and their families. There are none currently available in Tonga.
Given my experience with my differently abled child, there's not a day goes by that I think of what resources ( or lack thereof ) are available for children in Tonga, whether they be physically or cognitively different.
Tau can also mean WE in my native language, Tongan. Thus, #taurun suits this journey. It is my hope that one day, we run a Marathon in Tonga to benefit children with all abilities. But for my first Marathon in November, I'm happy to join hands with Saane in spreading awareness and providing the children and their families the resources they need to thrive and become productive citizens as they get older. We hope YOU join us too.
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