Christchurch quake money to be sent soon

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A joint Waikato may­oral re­lief fund es­tab­lished to raise funds for quake-hit Christchurch is due to close on April 30.

The fund’s bank bal­ance stood at more than $32,000 as at April 18 with some sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tions still to be recorded.

Be­fore April 30, mem­bers of the pub­lic can still make do­na­tions to the Christchurch Earth­quake Col­lec­tive May­oral Fund by tak­ing them to a Na­tional Bank branch, mak­ing them di­rect to ac­count num­ber 06 0317 0096442 05 or by tak­ing do­na­tions to lo­cal coun­cil of­fices in the Waikato. Do­na­tions to this fund are not tax de­ductible.

Once the fund closed, the money was to be for­warded to Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker’s of­fice for al­lo­ca­tion through the lo­cal may­oral re­lief fund, said Waikato Civil De­fence Emer­gency Man­age­ment Group chair­man Hugh Ver­coe.

‘‘ I would



ex­tend my thanks to Waikato peo­ple who have do­nated gen­er­ously to the Waikato may­oral fund and to the other funds set up na­tion­ally to sup­port the peo­ple of Christchurch,’’ said Mr Ver­coe, the mayor of Mata­mata-Pi­ako District. Along with the Waikato civil de­fence and emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel who have gen­er­ously helped out in Christchurch, fi­nan­cial do­na­tions have been a re­ally prac­ti­cal way to pro­vide help to Cantabri­ans dur­ing this very dif­fi­cult time for them.’’

For more de­tails on do­na­tion op­tions visit http:// www. waika­tore­gion­

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