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An impossible dream came to fruition last week with the shipping of relief supplies to Tonga.

A 20ft container full of food and household items donated from the Cromwell community is now on its way to the island nation to provide relief after the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai undersea volcano erupted triggering a tsunami which devastated homes and villages.

Relief organiser Lucy Fukofuka said the Tongan community was “truly grateful” for the support and donations provided.

“On behalf of our Tongan community, I’d like to send everyone a big thank you for your generous donations towards our Tongan Volcanic Tsunami Relief.”

Hands across the sea . . . Volunteers are, at back, from left, Max Finau, Ane Finau. Milasa Finau, Peter McLean, Fine McLean, Ofa Ma, Aisea Ma, and David McLean. Front Row: Serina Finau, Asena Ma, Isabella McLean, Peter McLean JR, Teuila Finau and Moana Finau. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The group extended their thanks to businesses, churches, schools, groups and  organisations, friends, family and individuals for their support and donations.

“Last but not the least, a big thank you to our Cromwell Lions team for all of your support and working together with us since day one, [we are] deeply thankful to have your team on board,” Mrs Fukofuka said.

“Without everyone’s support we would not accomplish our goal.”

The container is scheduled to arrive in Tonga at the end of this month.