New Fund launched for the victims of Whakaari/White Island

PRESS RELEASE

Doug Bull
Chair
Eastern Bay Community Foundation

18 December 2019

From today Eastern Bay Community Foundation will be accepting donations for the NZ-based victims of the Whakaari/White Island tragedy.

We believe It’s important to provide a mechanism for people to show their longer-term support for victims, we know that there will be long-term needs, including rehabilitation and trauma-counselling of NZ- based victims and support workers, and we will safeguard these funds for where the greatest needs are in the future. In the meantime, other agencies, such as Victim Support and the Red Cross, are undertaking their essential work on the ground, and we urge people to continue to also donate for immediate needs.

Decisions on how donations to the Eastern Bay Community Foundation Whakaari Fund will be used will be made in collaboration with affected groups and victims and will be focused on medium to long-term support.

Donations to the Whakaari Fund can be made in three ways:

  • By visiting any Kiwibank branch and making a deposit to Eastern Bay Community Foundation – Whakaari / White Island Fund
  • Making a payment via internet banking by searching EBC Foundation - White Island Whakaari Fund
  • By emailing Eastern Bay Community Foundation directly - admin@easternbaycommunityfoundation.nz

Receipts:

If donors would like a tax-deductible receipt for tax purposes they can email or post their bank receipt with their name, address, postal code and phone number to:

Email: admin@easternbaycommunityfoundation.nz, subject ‘Whakaari Fund’

By post to: Whakaari Fund, Eastern Bay Community Foundation, PO Box 435, Whakatane 3159

Kia kaha to the affected communities of Whakatane and Eastern Bay.



Date Posted: 18 Dec 2019

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