Donors needed for quake victims

KINGSCLIFF Coastguard members hope to raise $10,000 for victims of the New Zealand earthquake.

The organisation’s members will collect donations from the public at Kingscliff Shopping Centre, Centro Tweed and Murwillumbah’s main street from 9am today until Friday.

Pat Robson, the coastguard’s project officer and a former New Zealand resident, said donations would be going directly to earthquake victims at Lyttelton, a small port town on the outskirts of Christchurch, through community group Project Lyttelton.

Lyttelton was devastated by the earthquake, which has now claimed at least 175 lives and many more people have been injured and displaced from their homes.

Mr Robson said his 80-year-old father-in-law had spent Monday helping out at a “refugee camp” that housed 300 people.

“They are pulling together and people are helping themselves over there ... but there is no reason why we can’t help people help themselves,” Mr Robson said.

“I just hope Australians, over the next three days, are generous, and I am sure they will be.” Donate directly to the project at http://www.lyttelton.net.nz.



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