A natural disaster or crisis can change a person’s life in an instant – but so can you.
After carefully considering the risks of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the health, safety and wellbeing of our street collectors and generous donors in the street, we have made this difficult but necessary decision that we won't be proceeding with our street collection at this time.
While we may not stand on the street, we’re still collecting online. We invite you to join us, in the comfort of your own home. Please donate now and ask your friends and whānau to help vulnerable people too.
How your donation helps
Disasters, both natural and man-made, can happen anywhere, at any time. People who never expected it can find themselves separated from their loved ones and in urgent need of shelter, drinking water or medical aid. Your donation goes to help people affected in times of crisis and disaster.
Whether by providing aid when disaster strikes, supporting vulnerable people in our communities, reuniting loved ones or giving a warm Kiwi welcome to refugees, your donation goes to where the need is greatest, helping the people who need it most.
Your donation will help vulnerable people by:
- giving a warm welcome to former refugees, helping them feel part of their new community in Aotearoa after having to flee from conflict or persecution.
- responding to disasters and community tragedies as soon as they happen; supporting people who may have been evacuated from their homes- in the immediate disaster response and the longer term recovery.
- sending delegates overseas to help people who are suffering from situations of conflict and disaster. When the Ebola epidemic first struck, our delegates were there, in the refugee camps in Bangladesh, our delegates were there, just like when there are cyclones in the Pacific.
- delivering community programmes including Meals on Wheels to people who are elderly or socially isolated, driving people to medical appointments when they need it, and working with young humanitarians. Your donation will also help ensure communities across New Zealand are given a helping hand.
More about us
Our programmes include delivering Meals on Wheels to people at home, providing emergency response and welfare support in times of emergency and disaster, helping to settle former refugees, and much more.
After carefully considering the risks of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the health, safety and wellbeing of our street collectors and generous donors in the street, we made the difficult but necessary decision to not proceed with our street collection 16-22 March 2020.
Since then, the New Zealand Government has deemed Meals on Wheels an ‘essential service’. This means we will continue the service while Aotearoa is in Alert Level 4 as a way of ensuring the people who we support continue to receive meals and have the opportunity to connect with one of our friendly volunteers during this period of national isolation.
This community programme is still running, and will continue during this period of national lock down and long after. While we may not stand on the street to fundraise for programmes such as Meals on Wheels, we’re still collecting online.
We invite you to join us, in the comfort of your own home. Sign up now!