Heads Up For Kids
Lions Clubs New Zealand Heads Up for Kids project provides a helping hand for young people to engage in an experience or activity that will enable them to live their dream, establish life goals and reach their full potential within their chosen field.
Donate old New Zealand & foreign currency and support Kiwi kids
Copper trails, brass razoos and gold sovereigns are all part of the Lions Clubs of New Zealand’s unusual campaign Heads Up for Kids.
Launched in July 2010, Heads Up for Kids is a unique collection which asks New Zealanders to dig out and donate old decimal and pre-decimal New Zealand currency, and all foreign money. The obsolete cash is then redeemed for New Zealand dollars and used to fund education programmes for young New Zealanders who would otherwise not get the opportunity.
Because the obsolete currency is no longer legal tender, and foreign coins cannot be exchanged in this country, the project is not in competition with other fundraising dollars.
Over 100 young people have already benefited from Heads Up for Kids, receiving scholarships to organisations such as Spirit of Adventure and Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centres.
To date Lions have collected over 20 tonnes of coins and thousands of banknotes ( that's the equivalent weight of 3 elephants, 30 cattle or 4000 cats! ) bringing the total raised close to $500,000. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand estimates that there is $80 million in old decimal and pre-decimal NZ coins and $20 million in old banknotes unaccounted for.
There are plenty more coins still out there and Lions Clubs of New Zealand are hoping to collect $1 million.
If you have any old coins or foreign currency that you would like to donate, please take them to your nearest:
- Resene Colorshop - go the the Resene Colorshop locator
- or your local Travel Money store - go to the Travel Money store locator
From here old money and foreign currency is couriered to the counting parlour by our kind sponsor Aramex Couriers.
Or call to 0800 Old Money to have a Lion collect it from you.
Or visit our Heads Up for Kids Facebook Page for more information.
Funding and Applications
Lions Clubs New Zealand and our Heads Up for Kids project work to provide a helping hand to young people. We aim to assist New Zealand youth to perform at their best academic ability, to develop leadership skills, to establish life goals and to reach their full potential.
Funding assistance is only available for activities undertaken within New Zealand and does not cover travel or accomodation costs.
All applications require support from a New Zealand Lions Club. If you do not know your local Lions, please use our online directory to find the closest Lions Clubs to you. Find a Club
Grants provided by Heads Up For Kids from July 2010 to April 2020.