Rugby lads bake up a treat to help Tonga tsunami fundraising - The Solihull Observer
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Rugby lads bake up a treat to help Tonga tsunami fundraising

Ross Crawford 29th Jan, 2022

SCRUMPTIOUS cakes were baked and sold by a Solihull rugby youth team in aid of the Tonga tsunami disaster.

Tommy Byrne and his Under 10s team at Old Silhillians RFC organised and ran a cake stall at the club’s ground and raised £445.

After seeing footage of the devastation caused after Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai – an underwater volcano – erupted on January 15 the team wanted to act.

So they held a cake sale to help the people like the loved ones of the club’s first team player Moses Fakatou.

The funds were donated to Tongan Wasps player Malakai Fekitoa’s fund which was set up to send much-needed aid to those in need.

The Premiership rugby star, who was unable to contact his mum and other members of his family following the disaster, has raised more than £51,000 in a week and organised for a shipment of supplies to be sent to the South Pacific island from New Zealand.

In a message to the youngsters and their supporters Malakai said: “Thank you very much for your extremely generous donation to my appeal. I’m very grateful and overwhelmed by your support.

“It’s amazing to see how joining forces and working together we can make a big difference. Your donation will have an extraordinary impact.

“Receiving so much support from you and so many other people has been incredible. I am forever grateful.

“Mālō ’aupito. ‘Ofa atu.”

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