Min­ers’ re­lief fund sign of sup­port

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The tragic events at the Pike River Mine in the last two weeks have touched many New Zealan­ders.

29 min­ers were killed, trapped un­der­ground fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion in the coal mine on Novem­ber 19.

Res­cuers were un­able to en­ter the mine due to un­sta­ble gas lev­els. Fol­low­ing a sec­ond ex­plo­sion a week ago it was an­nounced the men could not be alive.

In an ef­fort to sup­port the fam­i­lies of the 29 vic­tims the Grey District Coun­cil has es­tab­lished a re­lief fund.

The South Waikato News is join­ing forces with its fel­low Fair­fax pub­li­ca­tions in sup­port of the re­lief fund.

There are sev­eral ways read­ers can make do­na­tions to the Pike River Min­ers Re­lief Fund Trust.

Do­na­tions can be pre­sented at West­pac bank branches or sent care of the Grey District Coun­cil to PO Box 382, 105 Tainui St, Grey­mouth 7840.

Tele­com, Voda­fone and 2 De­grees mo­bile phone cus­tomers can send a mes­sage to 306 to make a $3 do­na­tion.

A planned visit to Toko­roa by Labour Party leader Phil Goff on Thurs­day was can­celled fol­low­ing the sec­ond ex­plo­sion at Pike River. Mr Goff was to speak at a South Waikato Grey Power meet­ing. MPs Stu­art Nash and Sue Moroney ap­peared at the meet­ing in­stead.

The pair both expressed their con­do­lences for those who had died at Pike River. A min­utes’ si­lence was ob­served at the start of the meet­ing.

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