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To Tonga with love: Former NRL player Sione Finefeuiaki is waiting for a family call to see how he can help. Newcastle Herald

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Since 2017, former NRL player Sione Finefeuiaki has helped across the ocean from Newcastle to his hometown of Tonga through the foundation he founded. However, on Saturday after the submarine volcanic eruption off Tonga and the tsunami it caused, Finefeuiaki is waiting to talk to his family in the island kingdom, so he is preparing to help further near his house. “I can’t talk on the phone because I can’t hear anything because all the connections are down,” former Newcastle Knight said on Monday from his office in Bennets Green. “I tried to call all my relatives, but I haven’t contacted anyone.” Sione Finefeuiaki’s parents and sisters live in Kolonga, Tongatapu, on the eastern tip of the main island. And Fine Fayaki explained that their homes are close to the coast, so his loved ones are ready to evacuate before the eruption. “The last time I heard from them was Friday afternoon,” he said. “They were just packing their cars and moving inland,” Finefeuiaki said on Monday morning when he contacted the Tongan High Commission in Canberra. The extent of the damage is not yet known, but Finefeuiaki said he offered to help. For over four years, the Sione’s Foundation has carried out a series of aid missions to Tonga, often in collaboration with hunter companies, including the implementation of construction and repair projects. One of those projects was to rebuild an elementary school in Colonga after being damaged by a cyclone in 2018. Now, Finefeuiaki expects his charity to be needed again to help the Tongan community recover. It disrupted the Foundation’s mission to assist his hometown. “We’re not going to stop doing what we’re doing now. I think we have more work now,” he said. In a phone call with the High Commissioner, Finefeuiaki explained that if you need skills such as an electrician, plumber, or builder, you can get help from Newcastle. He said up to 20 hunter companies contacted the Foundation over the weekend and offered to help in Tonga. One of those businesses was the plumbing company HL Mullane, where employees are helping in Tonga. Mullane employees had already planned to work with the Sione’s Foundation to supply and install solar water heating systems at major hospitals in the capital Nuku’alofa when the news of the eruption arrived. “It was really bitter,” said Tony Rhodes, CEO of Malene, who saw the vision of the eruption and tsunami. “It’s hard to see because you have a great bond with these communities.” I imagine, [the impact of the eruption] Rhodes said the company’s Malene Foundation could accelerate hospital projects and support other jobs, but it depended on COVID challenges and Tonga government approval. : “We’re there as soon as we get that green light.” In response to an offer of help, Sione Finefeuiaki said he couldn’t say “thank you enough for the network here.” Our journalists are working hard to keep the community up to date with the latest news in the area. This allows you to continue to access trusted content.

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To Tonga with love: Former NRL player Sione Finefeuiaki is waiting for a family call to see how he can help. Newcastle Herald

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