Kids dig deep for big salami’

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The impact of last week’s devastating tsunami in Samoa isn’t lost on Queenstown youngsters.

Queenstown Preschool and Nursery kids (from left) Cato Williams, 4, Mitchell Sparrow, 3, Archie Donovan, 4, Alex Cooper, 3, Jasmine Savage, 4, and Brodie Donovan, 4, with head teacher Helena Giesen helped collect $160 in a gold coin trail yesterday.

Children brought along money and stuck it to a sign spelling “Samoa”.

“We’re going to send [the money] to Samoa because a big wave came after a big earthquake and the houses fell down,” explains Archie.

“There was a big salami [tsunami],” adds Cato.

Giesen holidayed in Samoa only a month beforehand – she stayed in Apia but travelled to the south coast, which was hardest hit by the tsunami.

At least 135 people died in the disaster.

“The kids knew I was there having a lovely time on the beach, and then a month later we see these photos of devastation,” Giesen says.

“When I talked to them about what’s happening in Samoa they were pretty upset.”

Giesen says she’s happy to give the money to the Samoan family befriended by the Sheehy family.