Tongan Community Radio of SA Inc
In 2001, TASA Inc. secured a grant from Community Benefit SA for the establishment of a Tongan Radio Program to serve the Tongan dispora of South Australia. Under the leadership of Dr Tangi Steen, stewardship and patronage of Lady Heuifanga Carlson and with Makineti Folauhola as its first President, the Tongan Community Radio of SA Inc (TCR) was formed. It began broadcasting from 5EBI 103.1FM Multicultural Radio Station at 10 Byron Place, Adelaide 5000. The program consisted of two components, a Youth Program from 15:00 - 15:30 then followed by A Current Affair from 15:30 - 17:00. TCR is still operating today with Pastor Siosaia Fangaloka and Lady Heuifanga Carlson as lead broadcasters.
New Toyota Ambulance, Biomedical Equipment & Training for Ministry of Health Tonga
Kaniva Tonga (NZ), 2017
Ministry of Health (MOH) Tonga received a new Toyota Ambulance in 2017, courtesy of the Rotary Club Noarlunga East & South Australian Ambulance Service. A recognition of an ongoing partnership that began in 2009 between MOH & South Australian Ambulance Service. A partnership built upon an initiated relationship between Vaiola Hospital & St John of God Hospital in Ballarat. TASA Inc was an acknowledged project partner for contents in-kind donation and packing of the 40’ container.
Tonga Fire Service Gets Boost From Australian Donations
South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, 2017
Two South Australian fire trucks arrived at the front line of Tonga Fire and Emergency Services (TFES), thanks to the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS). Donation was made possible due to a long-term alliance between the MFS and TFES that began 14 years ago. TASA rendered support for this project providing character references, letter of support and accommodation for TFES Personnel that were in Adelaide for training and equipment handover.
TASA Foundation Scholarship
Three students from the island of ‘Eua were awarded scholarships solely funded by TASA. The scheme lasted for three years. A worthwhile venture considering the lack of viable family income to support the children’s education, hence their future. Formerly named Middelburg Island by Abel Tasman, ‘Eua lies to the East of Tongatapu with a population of circa 6000. It can be reached either by sea or by air, boasting the world’s shortest commercial flight duration of 7-8 minutes, serviced by an 8-seater turbo-prop Fokker Friendship.