South Canterbury communities assist with earthquake relief
South Cantabrians have continued to donate and offer support for people - and animals - struggling one week on from the North Canterbury earthquake.
Several organisations and donation drop-off points were established throughout South Canterbury to assist with relief effort, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on November 14.
Timaru Boys' High School junior students held a mufti day to collect non-perishable food and other donations as part of the Hilton Haulage collection to be taken to Kaikoura on Monday.
Teacher Abbey Bruce said the students had collected more than $200 and several banana boxes full of donations to help.
Some of the students had been caught in the Christchurch earthquakes and wanted to help out, Bruce said.
Animal food would also be sent as part of the collection, she said.
The animals affected by the earthquake were the main focus for The Veterinary Centre in Waimate and Oamaru.
Oamaru-based senior small animal veterinarian Felicity Morris said the clinics were donation drop-off for blankets, toys, non-perishable food and leashes until about Wednesday.
Working with Canterbury Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Morris hoped the donations would help displaced and traumatised animals in the region, Morris said.
South Canterbury Playcentre Association president Elle Mitchell said two Timaru donation drop-off points, 5 Rimu Street, Highfield or 15a Livingstone Street, West End, were still available until midday on Thursday if anyone else wanted to donate.
Mitchell helped to collect a furniture trailer full of blankets, non-perishable food and other donations, which she drove up to Ashburton on Friday evening. From there, it was flown by the Mid Canterbury Aero Club to Kaikoura in 300 kilogram collection lots.
"Thank you all for your generosity and I know the people it's going to will greatly appreciate it," Mitchell said.
Federated Farmers have had several offers for help and donations logged in the 0800 FARMING line during the past week.
Adverse events spokeswoman Katie Milne said they had received numerous offers for help from the Canterbury region as well as donations for emergency supplies, farm equipment, essential tools and materials.
"Now it's about getting farms up and running again ... during the busiest time of the year."
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean was pleased rural communities supported their earthquake-affected neighbours.
"What we're seeing is rural people pulling together and supporting each other as only close-knit communities can do," Dean said.
"Staff from South Canterbury councils, including Timaru, Mackenzie and Waimate, had also been involved in the relief effort, sending staff to provide support and advice."