Help quake vic­tims

Newslink - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RACHAEL KELLY

As sup­plies dwin­dle in quak­er­av­aged ar­eas of North Can­ter­bury this week, south­ern­ers can step up to help.

Food and wa­ter can only be moved into many ar­eas by air or sea due to the dam­age to roads in the area, but national freight car­rier Main­freight has of­fered to take do­na­tions of non-per­ish­able items to the area from peo­ple in South­land.

A spokesper­son from the com­pany’s Gore of­fice said on Wed­nes­day morn­ing the word had gone out on so­cial me­dia about the do­na­tions and peo­ple had al­ready started drop­ping items into the of­fice.

Do­na­tions could also be dropped off at Far­mSource in Gore or Main­freight’s In­ver­cargill of­fice.

‘‘We’ve had three or four peo­ple in al­ready and they’ve dropped off wa­ter, canned foods, tooth­paste and nap­pies - all those sorts of things.’’

Do­na­tions needed to be dropped off be­fore lunchtime on Fri­day so they could be loaded onto the truck to head north.

The so­cial me­dia post says quake ef­fected peo­ple need ‘‘pretty much any­thing you can spare bak­ing, baby for­mula and food, cloth­ing, any non-per­ish­able foods you can man­age. Please make sure bak­ing is packed well.’’

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers are also co­or­di­nat­ing a re­lief ef­fort to the ru­ral com­mu­nity via their 0800 FARM­ING num­ber (0800 327 646).

North Can­ter­bury, Marl­bor­ough and Wellington were hit by a 7.5 mag­ni­tude just after mid­night on Mon­day.

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