On 15 January, a violent eruption occurred at the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’api volcano in Tonga causing a Pacific-wide tsunami, swamping coastlines as far away as Peru, and releasing a cloud of ash billowing more than 20km high.
Many houses in Tonga were completely or partially destroyed, while ashfall and saltwater intrusion continues to threaten people’s health, agriculture, and the local ecosystem.
In response to the devastation in Tonga, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched an emergency appeal seeking to raise 2.5 million Swiss Francs (approx. £2m) to provide urgent assistance including safe water, tarpaulins, shelter materials, tool kits to rebuild and household items including kitchen cooking sets and hygiene kits.
Six Nations Rugby is working closely with the wider rugby family, including its Unions and Federations, as well as World Rugby to support the efforts of the IFRC, to help the relief effort.
To help the IFRC reach its target, Six Nations Rugby, which is comprised of all six Unions and Federations, has confirmed it will make a £100,000 donation to the Tonga relief efforts.
To help the IFRC meet their target, during the 2022 Guinness Six Nations, should rugby fans want to show they are #TogetherForTonga, donations can be made at the link below:
Over the course of the 2022 Championship, Six Nations Rugby will continue to amplify its message of support for the IFRC relief efforts and show it is #TogetherForTonga.