Local schools and organisations are mobilising to assist people affected by the recent earthquake that has had a devastating effect in Kaikoura as well as impacting north Canterbury, Blenheim, Marlborough, Wellington and the Wairarapa.
The earthquake, which has had many aftershocks, measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and occurred two minutes after midnight on November 14.
Red Cross is among the organisations providing assistance – its disaster welfare and support teams are on the ground in Marlborough, providing aid to the worst affected communities and operating a Civil Defence centre in Blenheim. Red Cross is also supporting Civil Defence in Kaikoura.
Local support is growing. Dairy Flat School held a mufti day on November 18, which raised around $650 that will go into the Red Cross’ Earthquake fund.
A cheerleading group from Whangaparaoa School ran Café Friday on the same day, raising $126.80 for Red Cross.
Rotary New Zealand has launched an appeal to support those affected by the earthquake and local Rotary clubs are expected to get in behind those efforts.
Donations can be made to www.redcross.org.nz/Earthquake/Appeal and A Give a little page has also been set up for Kaikoura Earthquake Disaster Relief.