In the past month communities across the country have cleared out drawers and searched their sofas to collectively donate more than 2 tonnes of obsolete cash for Lion Clubs’ project Heads Up for Kids.
The two tonnes of cash, made up of old New Zealand and foreign currency, was dug out and donated following the project’s National Awareness Week in April.
“We’re delighted with the results. It goes to show that every little bit can make a big difference,” says Lion Club member and Heads Up for Kids currency processor Roy Peterson.
“We are currently processing the coins and banknotes, and estimate the value to be close to $50,000 in legal tender.”
Old and foreign currency has been donated from Northland to as far south as Invercargill. Over 600kgs alone has come from Auckland area and the Queenstown community have gathered more than 150kgs.
“Some of the coins date back to the 1700’s, and we’ve received old 10 shilling notes and currencies that are no longer in circulation. It’s amazing what people have stashed away,” Mr Peterson says.
The donations made at various collection points, such as Resene Colorshops are collected by project sponsor Fastway Couriers and delivered to the Heads Up for Kids HQ. Once compiled, the cash is processed into dates, types and denominations and then redeemed for legal tender. These funds are then used to support young New Zealanders to attend programmes that help them to build confidence and develop new skills.
“It’s important our young people are recognised and given opportunities that boost their confidence and provide a springboard for them to grow into great New Zealanders of the future,” says Mr Peterson.
“That’s one of the great things about Heads Up for Kids, it turns something people don’t use into memorable and life changing experiences for young people,
“We [Lions Clubs New Zealand] would like to thank New Zealanders for supporting Heads Up for Kids. This old and foreign currency will make a big difference in the lives of our young people.”