Busi­nesses of­fer help to earth­quake refugee

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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