NavaCup awards forty deserving students with new netbooks

November 22, 2011

NavaCup awards forty deserving students with new netbook computers at its 3rd Annual Awards Presentation in Toronto

TORONTO, ON, Nov 22, 2011 – The NavaCup Charity Golf Tournament (NavaCup) recognized today forty deserving students in the East Scarborough community with a new netbook computer at its 3rd Annual Awards Presentation in Toronto.

When children lack access to computers at home, the impact on their education is clear. Schools continue to place a larger volume of their students’ homework and research assignments online, making computers an increasingly important tool for homework and working on collaborative school projects. Without a computer, children find it more difficult to keep pace with their peers and often become withdrawn from school, or other learning activities.

The annual NavaCup Charity Golf Tournament was created to raise funds to purchase affordable, low-power, connected laptops for children so that they may excel in their studies. Partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough, the awards recipients were chosen on a combination of financial need as well as demonstrated commitment to their studies and their community. The netbooks are donated directly to the children and not the institutions themselves.

“In 2011, our NavaCup Golf event saw its best turnout ever. With the generous participation and help of over 125 attendees and sponsors, including KMPG our Lead Sponsor, we were able to raise just over $10,000, more than doubling our revenues from 2010.” said Mr. Ganesh Navaratnarajah – NavaCup’s Founder, President and Chair. “With the support of Acer Canada, we were able to procure over 40 netbook computers for the students who will receive them today. These students have demonstrated so much promise through their commitment to their community for our community. We are so happy to be able to provide these netbooks to assist them in their studies.”

“At the Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough we are extremely aware of the important role of technology today” says Ron Rock – Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough. “This donation will equip children/youth in the Kingston Road/Galloway area with the necessary tools to master technology while improving their chances of achieving success.” Ron Rock

About the NavaCup Charity Golf Tournament

The NavaCup Charity Golf Tournament operates as a not-for-profit organization, with 100% of its proceeds being directed towards the purchase of netbooks for children who would otherwise not be able to purchase them, in hopes of narrowing the digital divide that exists among many of Toronto’s students. www.navacup.org

About the Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough

The Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough is a safe, accessible, well known place where East Scarborough children and youth, from birth to 19, and their caregivers, from all cultural and economic backgrounds, can come to participate in well funded and powerfully staffed social, recreational and educational programs that are intentionally designed to enhance their growth, personal development and potential as contributing members of society. www.esbgc.org
For media enquiries please contact Aaron McIntosh at 416-471-9562 aaronm@boardwalkcreative.ca, or Judene Stewart at 416-281-0262 ext 299 jstewart@esbgc.org. For more information on NavaCup, please visit www.navacup.org.