Local Rotary president Mareko Boyd handed the money to president Patrick Arioka and secretary-general Fine Arnold.
Arioka said that although no goals were set in terms of a target to reach, he said that the donation from the government, $50,000 delivered by prime minister Henry Puna at midday, was a positive. “I think it’s a good initiative because this is a working partnership between government, as well as our national Red Cross society here.”
Boyd said that Rotary was already on the ground delivering emergency relief kits in the affected countries of Tonga and Samoa, and that they saw the monetary donation as the easiest and quickest way to get money through and provide support.
Just before 4pm, the day-long radiothon had raised $69,480.
The Red Cross were especially thankful to the northern group for their kind donations, as well as to the wider community.