Old money is being converted into new experiences for young
To date, 14 tonnes of old money has been collected nationwide
after a Queenstown Lions Club member started the fundraiser
more than two years ago.
Simon Hayes wondered what became of the estimated $80 million
worth of old money that was no longer legal tender, and set
about collecting it in aid of youth.
The obsolete cash is redeemed for New Zealand dollars and
used to fund education programmes and scholarships for New
Since June 2010, 14 tonnes of old money and foreign currency
has been collected.
"Dozens of students have received funding to attend education
programmes, such as the Hillary Step Programme at the Sir
Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Outward Bound and
Spirit of Adventure," Mr Hayes said.
Lions Clubs New Zealand is now inviting funding applications
from individuals and groups under 18 years to benefit from
Heads up for Kids.
Mr Hayes said funding was not just for outdoor activities
"but any course that provides positive value to the lives of
young New Zealanders ... we strongly encourage applications
for education programmes involved in arts and music to sports
and academia also." Funding is intended to help young people
experience an activity that would enable them to live their
dream, establish life goals and reach full potential within a
• The fundraiser became a nationwide Lions Clubs effort and
was supported by Fastway Couriers, Resene paints and New