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Christchurch Earthquake Appeal reaches $17 million

Press Release: 17 March 2011

Christchurch Earthquake Appeal reaches $17 million

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal has so far raised $17.7 million to help rebuild the Christchurch community.

The Prime Minister launched the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal on 27 February to help channel funds into rebuilding places and services for Christchurch communities.

The intention is for the Appeal to address the gap between emergency support provided by other charitable agencies, and core government responsibilities.

Donations can be made at www.Quakeappeal.com

Mark Weldon, the Prime Minister's personal representative on the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, said: “These funds will provide much-needed support directly to the heart of the communities. While the Government is taking care of essential services such as roads, water, and electricity, the places and services that make Christchurch such a wonderful place to live are still suffering.

“The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal provides a way for New Zealanders, and the rest of the world, to make a real difference to the lives of the people of Christchurch.”
The Appeal has $17.7 million in the bank, with around $12 million pledged to the fund.

The fund will invest in seven categories to restore communities. They are: Hardship and Relief, Heritage and Culture, Sport and Recreation, Education, Spiritual and Faith, Economic Revitalisation, Environment.

• Donate as much or as little as you want online at www.Quakeappeal.com or make a $3 donation by texting 'chch' to '933'. The website will automatically generate an email receipt for your donation.

• Visit www.facebook.com/ChristchurchEarthquakeAppeal to find out more.

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