|ERKs being packed|
Monday, 9 April 2012
Fiji Floods - Press Release 10 April 2012
PRESS RELEASE – 10 APRIL 2012
400 Emergency Response kits recently packed in Christchurch and Auckland, pre positioned in Fiji have provided immediate relief to thousands of people living on the Western side of the main island of Viti Levu in Fiji following the disastrous floods. In the past week some 450 kits affectionately known as ERKs have been distributed to the neediest by Rotary volunteers and their supporters. The relief effort in Fiji is being coordinated by their Civil Defence authority (DISMAC).
In addition to the ERK’s, buoyed on by a substantial grant from Rotarians and the public of New Zealand, over 900 food parcels have also been distributed to evacuation centres and to people who remained near to or in the flood sodden dwelling place. The work is to continue throughout this week until Rotary is satisfied that the immediate response effort is complete. It is then Rotary Fiji will divert its attention to the second response phase supporting the fragile education and health sector. Many schools have lost buildings, the infrastructure is being sorely tested and Rotary will work with schools to respond the their greatest need, most likely replacing their sodden text and library books, furniture and other equipment essential for getting schools back to their regular routine. Village health centres also need help to replace supplies.
Where possible, Rotary will support the local business community by purchasing goods locally as they have done with their food parcels which are sufficient to feed a family of 4 for one week. Rotary New Zealand’s spokesperson Stuart Batty acknowledges the immediate response from Government through Minister McCully’s quick response to provide financial support to it and other New Zealand NGO’s responding to the Fiji situation.
Rotary New Zealand’s appeal details assisted by Westpac Bank and PayPal can be found on www.rnzwcs.org or donations can be sent to PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8043.