John Key has announced:
Prime Minister John Key today launched the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, a global fundraiser for the recovery effort in the city and the Canterbury region.
“It’s vital we reach as many people throughout the world as possible who want to help. This isn’t just New Zealand’s tragedy – the February 22 earthquake affected countless people internationally.
“Like all Cantabrians and fellow New Zealanders, I have been humbled by the offers of help and assistance pouring in from individuals, organisations and governments around the world. This new Appeal gives people another means of donating to the people of Christchurch and the recovery effort.
Mr Key said the Appeal was designed to complement those already established, such as the funds organised by the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
“It’s my intention that the Government will work alongside these organisations to make sure the funds are used in the best possible way.
It will be useful, internationally, to have one official appeal that can be donated to. I expect much of the money donated will end up with NGOs like the Red Cross.
“I am also pleased to announce that the proceeds raised for the earthquake recovery from Saturday’s special Lotto draw will go directly to the Appeal,” said Mr Key.
I think I’ll buy a few tickets. Hopefully the major prize winners might also donate a portion of their winnings.
Mr Key said he was encouraging New Zealanders to give generously to Christchurch.
“Every little bit helps – every donation, no matter how small, will be welcomed.”
Donations can be made at www.christchurchearthquakeappeal.govt.nz
Telecom, Vodafone and 2 Degrees mobile customers can text chch to 933 to make an automatic $3 donation.
Donations can also be made via internet banking, or at any branch of New Zealand’s retail banks, by depositing into account number 03-0251-0039807-00.
Go to www.facebook.com/ChristchurchEarthquakeAppeal to find out more.
Good to see social media being used by the Government for the appeal.