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CHRISTCHURCH'S DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKES
How you can support the long-term Rotary response is detailed below
 
General news and updates about the Rotary response is available at http://rotaryresponse-christchurcheq.blogspot.com/
 
 
 
< Picture courtesy of Rotary Down Under - read RDU magazines on-line at www.rotarydownunder.com.au
 
^ Photos from Assistant Rotary Coordinator PDG Ross Skinner
News updates about Rotary's involvement can be submitted by emailing Past District Governor Beryl Robinson via berylrobinson@rotarydownunder.co.nz
 
YOU CAN HELP BY PROVIDING ASSISTANCE:
 
Monetary donations:
 
Please make donations to the Rotary New Zealand Canterbury Earthquake Appeal via:
  • Rotary New Zealand World Community Service http://www.rnzwcs.org where there is a PayPal credit card facility, or
  • Internet banking telegraphic transfer to Westpac Banking Corporation, Wellington, NZ account number 03 1702 0192208 02 (international donors will also require Swift Code WPACNZ2W, IBAN Code 031702) for account name RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), and include reference Rotary New Zealand Canterbury Earthquake Appeal, or
  • Cheque made payable to RNZWCS Limited posted to PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543, New Zealand
Rotary District 9970 on behalf of all Rotary clubs in Christchurch are combining all fundraising through a committee set up initially by Immediate Past District Governor Margaret Reeve for the distribution of funds to various projects, primarily involving youth and families, that are not able to be supported by Government and other agencies.
 
All donations received by RNZWCS Limited will go into that fund. This strategy will allow Rotarians to do something significant and allow other agencies to concentrate on welfare. Your funding to support the combined clubs will be used in conjunction with the projects established by the DGs committee.

  

Your donations are tax deductible, and 100% of donations will go to Canterbury Earthquake recovery projects via Rotary. Thank you!
   
Donations contact is: RNZWCS Director Past District Governor Stuart Batty JP email stuart.batty@rnzwcs.org  
RNZWCS Charities Commission Reg. No. CC26860
 
Offers of accommodation and / or respite accommodation:
 
Rotarian families outside Christchurch who would be willing to open up their homes [or holiday accommodation] are asked to please email stuart.batty@rnzwcs.org with their details to include in a database. We are not sure as to the level of need, but clearly many are going through a good deal of personal anxiety at this time.
 
Accommodation contact is: Past District Governor Stuart Batty, PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543, New Zealand stuart.batty@rnzwcs.org  
 
Donations in Kind (DIK):
 
It is requested that donations in kind or non-cash items NOT be sent to Christchurch. Cash donations are requested instead using the details above.  Regular summaries of the application of funds received are posted on the Blog.
 
All other offers of assistance:
 
Rotary volunteers - please in the first instance email ross.skinner@xtra.co.nz
 
Many people, whether Rotarians or not, are obviously very keen to assist. If you have a profession or skill set that is likely to be of use in your opinion, please liaise in the first instance with your professional organisation or association and follow their recommendation.
 
Rotary has developed an association with the Salvation Army so Rotarians have been working with them to assist those in need.
   
 
 
A clarification for international viewers:  This disaster affects the Christchurch City area and suburbs but the rest of the South Island and the North Island are "open for business" as usual. 
 


Go to http://rotaryresponse-christchurcheq.blogspot.com/ for updates and news on the Rotary response 
 
All information about how assistance can be provided will continue to be displayed on this page, above.
 


 
ROTARY EMERGENCY RELIEF AND RECOVERY IN NZ AND PACIFIC ISLANDS OVERVIEW
 
Emergency Response Kits - Rotary NZ World Community Service Director PDG Stuart Batty advised at South Pacific PETS on 6 March "RNZWCS has taken over management of ERKs for the forseeable future.  The aim is to fundraise for 600 ERKs per year that are packed by Rotary District 9920 in Auckland and 9970 in Christchurch.  The NZ Government has made the substantial contribution of over $300,000 towards ERKs prepositioning in Fiji in a cyclone-proof building for the Pacific Islands.  Thank you!  ERKs are also prepositioned in Auckland for the Cook Islands.  The Government's contribution is conditional on a well managed project for the future."  A Rotarian at South Pacific PETS had previously told Stuart "These Emergency Response Kits are the reason I joined Rotary.  My house was devastated a few years ago, and Rotary gave an kit to our family.  I said I want to join that organisation!"