Covid Returnees Pay It Forward

$4,240 of $1,000,000 goal
Given by 15 generous donors in around 6 months

A campaign for past and current returnees to pay forward our gratitude to New Zealand for its work to Unite Against Covid-19.


[Photo credit: Our neighbour in the U.S., who snapped this photo of our eldest kids (5 and 7), peeking through her mail slot to see if her son wanted to mask up for a bike ride - one of the few activities they could safely do during five months of home self-isolation during school closures.]

The government-managed isolation and quarantine policy is a key pillar in maintaining Aotearoa as a world leader in the response to Covid-19. We are grateful to the border, isolation, and quarantine workers who not only carried out this policy, but made us feel welcome rather than a burden.

We recognize that the NZ public funded the policy that enabled us to return. We have created this page so that returnees, like our family, can make voluntary contributions – reinvesting some of the costs of their quarantine to support New Zealand society.

Funds will be split equally between three NZ charities:

WOMEN'S REFUGE - in recognition of the increased risks of domestic violence during lockdown;

FOREST & BIRD - in recognition of the connection between environmental and public health;

KIDSCAN - in recognition of the disproportionate burden that the economic fallout from Covid-19 has placed on families that were already the most vulnerable.

An estimated 21,000 returnees went through government-managed isolation and quarantine between April and June 2020. If even half of those returnees could contribute $200 each, we would provide an infusion of over $2M of charitable giving in the coming month.

There are, of course, plenty of worthy Kiwi charities out there, and this campaign is not designed to supplant giving to others. We hope to inspire all who have benefited from the managed isolation and quarantine program to reflect on the many ways we might pay forward our gratitude.

Rebecca Hamilton's involvement (page creator)

We are a returnee family, grateful that our stay in managed isolation can help sustain the efforts Kiwis have made to Unite Against Covid-19.

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Troy on 23 Aug 2020
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Guest Donor on 17 Aug 2020
What a beautiful idea. Ngā mihi nui and welcome back.
Rebecca Hamilton

Thank you. We could not be more thrilled to be here. HB Family.

Rebecca Hamilton
Paula on 16 Aug 2020
Loved this family's positive attitude and I have been feeling so grateful to be living here in NZ throughout this pandemic. So, although I'm not a returnee I wanted to donate.
Rebecca Hamilton

Thanks so much Paula. We are not taking a moment for granted! Best, HB Family.

Rebecca Hamilton
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Private Donor on 16 Aug 2020
Anita on 15 Aug 2020

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