Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George today announced the club has begun working on a relief package for Tonga in the wake of the volcanic eruptions and tsunami that struck the nation yesterday.
While details are yet to be confirmed, George said the club would do all it could to help the communities affected.
“Our hearts go out to Tonga and especially to the families and communities suffering at this difficult time,” he said.
“Tonga and its people have always held a very special place for us and always will.
“A number of players in our current squad have immediate family or wider family in Tonga. They’re feeling for them right now and so is everyone associated with the club.
“Throughout our history we’ve had strong ties with Tonga through a large number of former players and staff and also our support base.”
George said the club had moved immediately to plan a relief effort.
“We had a Zoom meeting this morning and we’re ready to help,” he said.
“We’re committed to putting together a number of initiatives to provide support in critical areas and I know our players want to do what they can as well.”
Included in the Vodafone Warriors’ 2022 NRL squad are Mate Ma’a Tonga internationals Addin Fonua-Blake and Ben Murdoch-Masila while Kiwi captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is of Tongan descent.
Also on the roster are second rower Eliesa Katoa, hooker Taniela Otukolo and centre Viliami Vailea, all of whom were born in Tonga.