red cross launches appeal
All funds will be used towards the New Zealand Red Cross response to the disaster, including transport and provision of goods. As weeks go by, different needs will be identified and Red Cross, there for the long haul with your help, will be meeting them.
Donations to this appeal can be made by:
Calling 0900 73327 tro make an automatic $20 donation
Texting a message of hope to 4419 to donate $3 (text works with all mobile network providers in NZ)
Online at http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate
By cheque to: New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal, Freepost 232690, PO Box 12140, Thorndon, Wellington 6144
By Direct Credit Transfer to our Special Appeal Bank Account: Kiwibank 38-9009-0759479-00 and the account name is RED CROSS.
By Direct Credit Transfer to our Special Appeals Bank Account: ASB 12-3192-0015998-02
At any branch of PostShop Kiwibank, ASB, BNZ and ANZ bank
would you like to donate from overseas?
Our sister national societies in Australia and the UK have set up appeals to help raise much needed funds to support the work of New Zealand Red Cross as we respond to the earthquake in Christchurch.
We have received reports of a scam email coming through, supposedly from the Red Cross, which directs people to a fake phishing website where you are asked for credit card details. There could be a number of these fake emails and fake websites surfacing in coming days. The scam website has the same look and feel as the genuine Red Cross website. Authorities are looking to close these sites as soon as possible, but more will likely appear.
Signs that this webpage is a forgery:
Christchurch is spelt incorrectly
The web address is long and not hosted on the Red Cross website
The payment page is not secure.
Ministry of Consumer Affairs in New Zealand advise:
Type in the website address yourself. For the Red Cross go to http://www.redcross.org.nz
Never click on any links in a spam email, or open any files attached to them, or call a number included in the email.
Dont visit a website by clicking on a link. It can activate all kinds of hidden programmes.
Check the website address carefully. It may be similar to a legitimate charitys, but not quite right.
Never enter your personal details into a website unless you are sure it is genuine.
canterbury earthquake – feb 24 update 2300 hrs
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the Canterbury area at 12.51pm – February 22. The quake, approximately 5km underground and located 10km south east of the city has caused wide spread damage, bursting sewage lines, damaging buildings and homes, cutting power and telephone lines to many areas of the city. The Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. John Key, announced a national state of emergency.
Red Cross has eight teams and 120 trained staff and volunteers from all over the South Island currently working in Christchurch to support the relief efforts. Response and welfare teams from Christchurch, Timaru, Nelson, Blenheim, Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown and Greymouth are working in conjunction with other agencies such as Civil Defence, New Zealand Police and the local councils. Teams are conducting urban search and rescue, helping set up the 5 welfare centres for displaced people and managing the logistics of distributing Red Cross supplies. Yesterday 200 large tents, 2000 water bottles and 1800 blankets arrived from the Red Cross warehouse in Auckland for distribution.
NZRC is not currently requiring or accepting donations of goods or volunteers at this time. New Zealand Red Cross are currently focusing on roles supporting the CDEM response. Urgent email enquiries can be referred to our National Emergency Operating Centre at email@example.com .
For welfare related enquiries and requirements for affected persons please call the Government help line on 0800 7799977
For information on the Earthquake response see http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/
To lodge an enquiry in relation to missing relatives please call the New Zealand Red Cross National Enquiry Centre on 0800 REDCROSS (0800 733 276) (note this line may be overloaded). International calls can be made to +64 7 8502199
International restoring family links enquiries from Red Cross or Red Crescent national societies can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org further information will be pending.