Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Otago and Southland adviser Bridget Meyer at Logan Park High School in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The sports goods donated to a programme for disabled Tongan
children will depart Dunedin tomorrow.
Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Otago and Southland
adviser Bridget Meyer said she was taking two oversized bags
full of sports gear to Tonga to start a sport programme for
She was taking leave from work and funding her solo four-day
trip to the capital, Nuku'alofa.
''I'm just a flash courier,'' she said, laughing.
She had the idea for the programme while on a family holiday
to Tonga last year, after hearing about The Mango Tree
Centre, a disability centre funded by the Korean and Japanese
Governments and run by a missionary couple.
When she heard the centre had no sports programme, she set
out to start one.
Dunedin sports clubs gave gear, including soccer balls and
uniforms from Football South and leather boccia balls from
the Dunedin Boccia Club.
Boccia was the perfect sport for the several Tongan children
with cerebral palsy to play, she said.