On the same day, the Coordinating Committee of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Fund took out a full-page advertisement in the Christchurch newspaper, The Press, with the headline, "'OFA ATU, CHRISTCHURCH!", and the message addressed to the Lord Mayor and the People of Christchurch, which stated:
"Please accept this small gift from all the People and the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga. This gift is tiny and insignificant but it comes from the depths of our hearts. With it comes our prayers and hopes that with God's help, you will continue to rebuild and recover from the devastating earthquake."
The backdrop of the message was a full page colour photograph of a Tonga High School student holding a Christchurch Earthquake Appeal donation box accepting a donation from the occupants of a passing vehicle on Fatafehi Road during the first the radio-thon.
The Prime Minister Dr. the Hon Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele also informed the Lord Mayor of Christchurch, Mr. Bob Parker of the donation during a brief visit to Christchurch last Friday. He also met with government and community leaders and toured some of the homes and buildings damaged by the earthquake.
The donation that was transferred last Friday was equal to TOP$891,694. As of Tuesday, 5 October, the Coordinating Committee had TOP$4,500 in its bank account, and there were a few pledges outstanding. The balance together with any further donations will also be transferred to the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal next week.
The Coordinating Committee in its meeting on Tuesday also decided to close the bank accounts that were opened to receive donations with the ANZ Bank and the Tonga Development Bank. The only bank account that is still open is the one with the Westpac Bank of Tonga but that will also be closed on Friday, 8th October.ENDS
Issued by the: Prime Minister's Office, Nuku'alofa, 2010.