So many of us would have been incredibly saddened by the devastation which hit Tonga on January 15, with a volcanic eruption and tsunami destroying homes, roads and farms. A month on, communication lines are still under repair and families are still struggling to access drinking water.
The NRL has an incredibly strong connection to the pacific - Tonga is part of the Rugby League Family. With help from clubs, players, fans and partners we’re aiming to play our part in the 24-month recovery operation.
The NRL will partner with the Australian Red Cross through the trial matches to raise money for the recovery efforts in Tonga.
All money raised as part of the Red Cross Tonga Recovery Appeal will support Tongans recover and rebuild. By donating, you will be supporting Tongans rebuild homes, access clean drinking water and get back on their feet.
The volcanic eruption and tsunami that rocked Tonga tore apart homes and lives. As the clean-up continues, the NRL is partnering with the Australian Red Cross to help Tonga recover.
On 15 January, a large eruption occurred in the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano. The eruption emitted a 5km wide plume of ash, steam and gas 20km above the volcano.
NRL in Tonga
Established in 2016 the NRL Tonga program continues to grow and deliver social impact outcomes for communities across Tonga, using the power of Rugby League.