30 March 2011

E-Learning Porirua hits 1000 homes

E-Learning Porirua celebrated it's 1000th family that has received training and a computer as part of the Computers in Homes programme last week. Tracey MacDonald of Waitangirua and her children Braydon, 8, Keelan 5, and Kaylah 4, were gifted with a certificate and an Ipad as an acknowledgement of being the 1000th family. Ms MacDonald is humbled with the award. " I feel very honoured and privileged to be the 1000th person. "To me it's opened up a lot of doors. It's great having the internet - it's just so much easier. It's at my fingertips if the kids need help with their homework. It makes life easier" she says.

The Computers in Homes programme was designed by the Porirua City Community IT Educational Trust to provide computer skills to Porirua locals to assist them in finding jobs. Ms MacDonald says she would like to further her participation in computing to keep it in her mind - at the moment she is finding time between her children's school and kindergarten hours. Porirua City Community IT Educational Trust Chairperson Graham Kelly told the guests last Wednesday this was a "milestone" for the trust. "With a lot of fundraising by our Board, our Trust, over these past ten years, has trained and given 1000 homes computers to families in Porirua City, affecting approximately 1500 adults and 4000 children. "This is a milestone for us and for our community, but most importantly for the families who can now see a better future for themselves."

Written by Dani McDonald - CityLife Porirua News