Dunedin North Lions member Murray Gallagher holds up a gold (dental) crown that was dropped into one of their Heads Up For Kids fundraising boxes. Photo by Dan Hutchinson
Someone in Dunedin has taken the ''Heads up for Kids''
fundraiser a little too literally by donating a gold tooth to
Lions Clubs around the country have been asking people to
give old or foreign currency but no-one expected a gold crown
- and certainly not one of the dental variety.
Dunedin North Lions member Murray Gallagher said he was
emptying a couple of donation buckets last week and sorting
the coins and notes when he came across a small, shiny
''I knew by the weight what it was; I was just amazed.''
The gold had been valued at about $60 by a local goldsmith.
Other clubs around the country had come across unusual items
too, including a token for a ''pleasure parlour'' in the
United States, Lions Heads Up for Kids district co-ordinator
Les Box said.
He said a couple of retired bankers in Wellington were
responsible for checking out any unusual or especially
valuable coins and notes but the gold tooth was easy to spot.
Nationally, the fundraising venture had collected more than
18 tonnes of old currency, raising more than $500,000 in the
two years it had been going.
In Dunedin, local Lions clubs had collected just over 173kg
of old currency in just three months.
People can give by putting their old currency into the
containers at various locations around Dunedin, including the
Resene Colourshop in Crawford St.
- by Dan Hutchinson