Donated items off to Tonga tomorrow

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by Alexia Johnston

Four shipping containers full of donated items from around South Canterbury will soon be bound for Tonga.

The collection was organised after Tonga was hit hard by Cyclone Gita in February, and the initial aim was to get enough items to fill two containers.

However, the initiative, organised by members of the Church of Tonga Timaru, was such a success that four containers were needed.

They will leave for Tonga tomorrow (June 13) and are expected to arrive a week and a-half later.

Initiative organiser Anna Leger said the response from the community had been great.

“It’s been awesome.”

School-related items were among those added to the mix in recent weeks, including desks, books and uniforms, she said.

Easter eggs were among the items.

Money was also donated, to go towards tinned food, toiletries and water.

Mrs Leger said she was grateful to everyone who had supported the cause and urged anyone who still wanted to give to do so.

Pick-up could be arranged or items could be dropped off at the Scout Hall in Otipua Rd, she said.

Non-perishable items were among items still needed, Mrs Leger said.