Countdown is encouraging its customers to donate to the Oxfam New Zealand Cyclone Winston Appeal for Fiji and Tonga. Specially marked donation boxes are now available in all Countdown stores throughout the country, and shoppers can also make a donation at the EFTPOS terminals.
The supermarket chain has kickstarted the fundraising effort by donating $10,000 to the appeal.
“A number of our team and customers are from Fiji and have family over there that need our help. We want to do all we can to help our Pacific neighbours get back on their feet following this terrible disaster,” said Brett Ashley, general manager of operations, Countdown.
According to Rachael Le Mesurier, executive director of Oxfam NZ, some communities in Fiji have suffered 80 to 100 percent damage; at least 42 people have died.
“Oxfam has expertise in water, sanitation and hygiene, and we are assessing what the needs are. Our priority is to provide life-saving clean water and support the Fijian government’s aid efforts,” said Le Mesurier. “The generosity of Kiwis is humbling and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported our appeal.”