Kia Ora, My name is William Rakena. I am a 17-year-old aspiring
dancer from Mangere, South Auckland.
I have been gifted with an amazing opportunity to represent New
Zealand at the World's International Hip Hop Competition in the
United States. This is a dream come true for somebody like me and I
would love if you can play a part in helping me get there.
Ever since I was young, I have surrounded myself with the wrong
crowd. Whether it was engaging in reckless behaviour, getting in
trouble with the law or allowing my high school studies to suffer,
I knew that I was heading down a dangerous path with no
understanding of how to get myself out of it.
It wasn't until I discovered dance that I learned there is more to
life than what I know and that dreams were achievable if I put my
mind to it. Most importantly, dance helped me to realise my own
potential in the world.
I am truly honoured to be where I am today. With the support of
Nga Rangatahi Toa, my beautiful Aunty, my dance teacher Donny
Waters and my wonderful friends and whanau behind me, I am excited
to see where my journey in life will take me and hope that I can
also inspire youth from my own community along the way.
This rare opportunity does not come often and I would love to take
it while I can so I can join my dance family on a world stage. All
I kindly ask for is your help.
Any donations would be greatly appreciated and I will forever be
grateful for your time and your generosity.