Rugby World Cup coin nets over $2500 for Canterbury Earthquake Appeal

24 September 2010

The New Zealand Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake appeal has netted over $2500 thanks to the generosity of an Otago coin collector.

Ken Logan, a refrigeration engineer from Dunedin has paid $2521 for coin number 2011 from the Rugby World Cup 2011 Webb Ellis coin issue. This coin was donated by New Zealand Post and auctioned on TradeMe.

Mr Logan, an avid coin collector since his childhood said the plight of the Canterbury people spurred him on to pay well above the $129 recommended retail price.

“An earthquake isn’t a good thing to happen to anyone in any country. The auction was for a good cause and it all helps,” said Mr Logan.

Coin number 2011 from this series is likely to be in great demand, particularly once the Rugby World Cup rolls around, but Mr Logan says he’s not selling.

“I’ll be keeping it and passing it onto my little girl when she grows up,” he said.

New Zealand Red Cross Chief Executive John Ware says Mr Logan’s generosity is another example of Kiwi’s willingness to help the people of Canterbury.

“We really appreciate Ken’s contribution. We’ve been delighted by the way people right across the country have supported the appeal.

“While we’re extremely thankful to the Government and businesses for their support, the largest block of money has come from individual New Zealanders like Ken. That’s proof that we’re ready to pull together as a community to help each other in times of need,” Mr Ware said.