Collecting for Tonga
Tawa Rotary Club is reaching out to schools across the Pacific with the Toys 4 Tonga programme, in a bid to brighten up classrooms in the islands.
Tawa Rotary, in partnership with Wellington South Rotary Club, is gathering quality toys, educational books and stationery to send to Tonga for distribution in Nuku’alofa.
This will be the second Pacific project for Tawa on the back of its Books for Bougainville scheme which saw about 25,000 books dis- tributed to primary and secondary schools in the war-torn Papua New Guinean region in the last two years.
The club’s international committee chair Paul Mears says recent guest speaker John Bath spoke about Tongan children and the schools’ desperate need for supplies.
Nine boxes have been collected so far and Mr Mears encourages the local community to help out in any way possible.
‘‘In Tawa, focus for collection has been intermediate and primary schools, churches and the Tawa Community Centre – all of which are producing very good responses. Generosity of donors has resulted in many books and toys being received but more are welcome as the needs of the recipients are considerable.’’
He also invites businesses to donate out-dated stationery. Monetary donations to help with payment of transportation are also welcome.
Collection points are in Tawa, Linden, Newtown, Island Bay and Kilbirnie.
Contact Mr Mears on 232 3556.
Bound for Tonga: Tawa Rotarians, from left, Bill Russell, Malcolm Sparrow, Laura Sommer and Paul Mears have been collecting toys, books and stationery to send to schools in Tonga.