Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Wednesday, 23rd February - Red Cross appeal for New Zealand earthquake

Who could fail to be moved by the terrible pictures and stories from the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand that have been on the news?

Today's charity was therefore the Red Cross to whom I donated some cash.

A devastating earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand on 22 February 2011, killing at least 65 people and causing widespread damage to the city.

The mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, has declared a state of emergency and aid is being co-ordinated by the National Crisis Management Centre. Buildings in the centre of the city have collapsed and roads and bridges are damaged.

The New Zealand Red Cross responded immediately, providing first aid assistance and distributing blankets, water containers and tents to the displaced families. An evacuation centre has been opened for around 2,000 people and more temporary accommodation is likely to be needed.

All funds will be used towards the New Zealand Red Cross response to the disaster, including transport and provision of goods. As weeks go by, different needs will be identified and Red Cross, there for the long haul with your help, will be meeting them.

Please note: In the event that we receive donations after the New Zealand Red Cross has closed its appeal, any surplus funds will go to our Disaster Fund and be used to respond to future humanitarian disasters either overseas or here in the UK.

Donate here if you can:

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