Col­lect­ing for Tonga

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

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.

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