Rattling the bucket for Tonga in Warkworth and Matakana proved to be a rewarding morning for members of Warkworth Lions on January 22.
In four hours, club members collected just under $2500.
Past president Peter Henderson says the collection wasn’t a hard sell. He said there was a lot of empathy for Tonga and people were keen to make a donation – some gave as much as $50 on the spot.
“We’re now getting in touch with the Vava’u Lahi Lions Club in Tonga to decide whether we transfer the money directly or use it to purchase items they need and then ship them over,” Peter says.
“Either way, they will receive 100 per cent of the funds donated.”
Tonga is part of Lions District 202K, which stretches from Te Kauwhata to Kaitaia and includes Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa and Fiji.
The Warkworth club will continue to fundraise for Tonga over coming weeks. Anyone who would like to make a donation can deposit it directly into the club’s bank account with the reference ‘Tonga’. The account number is: 02-0480-0015374-000