Old coins wanted
For the past year, the Lions Clubs of New Zealand have been running the ‘‘Heads up for Kids’’ project, asking the public to check cupboards and drawers for any old currency no longer in circulation.
The Lions can, through the Reserve Bank, convert this to legal tender, on a dollar for dollar basis. All foreign coins and banknotes are acceptable. Resene Colour shops and New World Supermarkets are collection points and have boxes to take any old coins or banknotes.
This programme was originally scheduled to be for two months but such has been the response that the project is ongoing. To date, more than 8.5 tonnes of old coins and banknotes have been collected with currencies from countries as diverse as Belize and the Falkland Islands being donated. This equates to a value of more than $200,000. Mana Lions contacts are Bob Welsh on 915 0408, Euan Thomson on 021 843 825, or drop currency into New World or Resene Colour shops.