14 Sep 2009

NZ telethon money delivered to ferry disaster families

9:48 pm on 14 September 2009

Families of the victims of the Tongan ferry disaster have been given more than $200 each, following a telethon fundraiser run by Pasifika Broadcasting in New Zealand

The broadcaster and a collaborative group from New Zealand's Tongan community ran the two-hour telethon on Triangle TV and Stratos channels at the end of August, raising almost $15,000.

A spokesperson for the fund-raising committee, Setita Millar, says she and a film crew travelled to Tonga to deliver money to 66 families who lost relatives in the Princess Ashika tragedy.

She says the relief fund will continue to collect money.