Lions coin it in to help young Kiwis

Last updated 05:00 26/06/2013
Roy Peterson
HEADS UP: Lion Roy Peterson has his tail on 300ntsGkgsnte kilograms of foreign currency ready for shipment. Roy has processed 3.5thmillion coins since ntsGthe project started in nte 2010.

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Two tonnes of cash have been donated for the Lion Clubs' project Heads Up for Kids.

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," Lion member and Heads Up for Kids currency processor Roy Peterson says.

"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 as Invercargill. Over 600 kilograms alone came from the Auckland area.

"Some of the coins date back to the 1700s, 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 collection points, such as Resene ColorShops, are collected by project sponsor Fastway Couriers and delivered to the Heads Up for Kids base.

The cash is processed into dates, types and denominations and then redeemed for legal tender.

These funds are 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," Mr Peterson says.

"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."

The project aims to reach $1 million.

Donations can be made at any Resene ColorShop, selected New Worlds or call 0800 OLD MONEY.

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