Topic: Earthquake

Vodafone provides monetary support for quake-affected communities

By Online News - Rereātea
  • South Island

Vodafone has contributed a significant donation to the Red Cross November 2016 Earthquake Appeal to support communities following Monday morning's 7.8 magnitude quake. 

The mobile network has donated $150,000 through its charitable trust, The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation. 

Vodafone New Zealand Foundation Chair, Antony Welton says, “When Kiwis are affected by disasters we know how important it is to provide the right support.

We wanted to make a difference with relief efforts right now, as well as contribute to both the long-term re-build, and emotional well-being of residents and visitors who have been affected by the quakes and continued aftershocks.”

Red Cross Secretary General Tony Paine said he is grateful for the show of generosity.

“As we know from our Christchurch experience, there will be a lot of people who have lost a lot and facing very tough times, just to get their lives and houses back to normal.

We are just so thankful to organisations like Vodafone, and generous Kiwis who always seem to come to the fore when communities really need it,” he says.

Vodafone has also committed to covering the costs associated with the Red Cross November 2016 Earthquake Appeal text fundraising campaign. One hundred percent of all money donated will go directly to the emergency response.

“It’s becoming increasingly clear from the reports by the Red Cross team on the ground just how traumatised people are.

There is a massive need for support of nearly every kind, and the best thing we can do is provide money to the Red Cross to make sure they can allocate the right sort of support where it is most needed,” Welton says.

You can make an instant $3 donation by texting RED CROSS to 3181. You can also visit the Red Cross website to donate.