Want to help support those affected by Cyclone Gabrielle? Here are some helpful resources

While the country is still reeling from Cyclone Gabrielle, many are still suffering the effects of her destruction (and likely will be for a long time to come), with whole regions in desperate need of personnel, essential items and financial aid. Here, we have rounded up some helpful resources for anyone who wants to lend a hand.

Givealittle

While Stuff’s Givealittle page (here) has already raised over $1 million (set to be evenly distributed between the Red Cross and Mayoral Relief Funds in regions still in a state of emergency), there is also a raft of personal Givealittle campaigns related to those affected by the cyclone, here. A little really will go a long way.

Tāmaki Donation Drive

Tomorrow, (Saturday the 18th of February) from 9am until 5pm, there will be a locally-organised donation drive for Hawke’s Bay taking place at the Strive Community Trust — 253 Buckland Road, Mangere. They are looking for donations of baby formula, milk powder, nappies, wipes, gas burners, clothing and essential items, activities for toddlers and kids, hygiene items, sanitary items, clean blankets, sleeping bags and camping gear (tents, air beds etc). This is an easy way for Aucklanders who are in a position to help, to get essentials into the hands of those who really need them. Follow Shane Young’s Instagram for up-to-date information on the drive and what is needed.

Honest Wolf

New Zealand business Honest Wolf has set up a donation option on their online store whereby people can make financial contributions that will be distributed directly to the North Island farming community. You can donate anywhere between $5 and $500.

Federated Farmers

Given the devastation that Cyclone Gabrielle caused to farms across the North Island, Federated Farmers has set up a dedicated bank account for donations that will go towards supporting farmers in flood-affected communities.
Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc)
03-0306-0626460-000

Volunteering

If you want to lend a hand (literally), there are a number of ways that you can help those effected by the cyclone. Depending on where you live, there are volunteer organisations in every region, from Northland to Auckland to Waikato to Bay of Plenty to Hawke’s Bay. There is also the Student Volunteer Army which is currently calling on volunteers to join them in helping affected communities. You can sign up, here.

Orange Sky

Orange Sky is a not-for-profit organisation that typically provides those experiencing homelessness with free laundry services and access to warm showers across New Zealand. It is currently responding to the need created by the widespread displacement of people from their homes following Cyclone Gabrielle. This is an essential service to support and you can do so by donating here.

No Probs Delivery Truck

Set to drive a large truck down to Hawke’s Bay on Monday, No Probs Delivery in Takapuna is accepting donations of non-perishable food, water, clothing (all ages) shoes, batteries and torches to 94 Anzac Street, Takapuna over the weekend.

HUHA: Helping You Help Animals

This essential service is dedicated to teaching empathy to the community and providing shelter for those less fortunate animals that struggle to survive in today’s disposable culture. HUHA runs shelters across New Zealand and has currently set up special evacuation centres for animals in Auckland and Hawke’s Bay that have been affected by the cyclone. Supporting this very worthy cause is easy, simple text HUHA to 4463 to donate $3.

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