The Volcano Appeal Bucket drive held at the Api Tongan Community Hall in Suva last week was hosted by Tongan students studying at the University of the South Pacific.
Tongan Olympian, Pita Taufatofua posted on his Twitter: “Thank you all we managed to get our flour and crackers biscuits headed on the boat out of Fiji to Tonga. Instead of waiting weeks or months we will have food in stomachs in days to help our campaign. We have also added smaller sacks to deliver to individual homes for personal use.”
Fundraising Coordinator, Sina Kami said they had filled up three shipping containers with buckets of Breakfast Crackers to send to Tonga under the assistance of the National Disaster Management Office.
“The idea behind this drive is that people affected by the volcano in Tonga can have their crackers and then use the empty buckets for storage, where they can store food.”
“This assistance will go a long way for our people back in Tonga.”
She said funds collected would be used to pay for any additional expenses.
“We have received huge support from Tongans here in Fiji and abroad, the Fijian Government and the Fijian people.”