Businesses offer help to earthquake refugee
At 12.51pm on Tuesday February 22, Raewyn James was driving her car through the streets of Christchurch.
‘‘I could feel the earth moving under me. It was so terrifying,’’ she said.
Following the devastating earthquake that ravaged the garden city, Ms James decided to pack up and move to Matamata.
‘‘I’m so glad to be here. I don’t think my nerves would have been able to stand staying in Christchurch any longer,’’ she said.
‘‘Matamata is one of the friendliest towns I have ever come across. People here just really want to help.’’
Thanks to the Matamata Business Association, Raewyn has been given a lifeline from the generous business people of Matamata.
Following an article printed in the Chronicle, Ms James got in touch with Sue Whiting from the Matamata Business Association.
‘‘I never ask people for help. I think it’s one of the hardest things I have ever had to do,’’ she said.
Ms James was presented with $250 worth of petrol vouchers as well as $250 worth of New World vouchers and gift vouchers from Matamata Mitre 10, Paperplus and Pictiur Perfect recently by the Matamata Business Association committee.
Sue Whiting said Matamata Business Association members hoped the vouchers and other offers of help would make things a little easier for Ms James.
Grateful: Matamata Business Association members Milly Keys, Lynette Smith, Katrina Maguire, Graeme Guilford and Sue Whiting with Raewyn James third from right.