In response to the severe earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, the President of the Grand Charity approved an emergency grant of £30,000 to the British Red Cross to assist with their recovery appeal
Around 148 people have been killed and about 2,500 injured. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 5km (3.1 miles) on 22 February at 12.51 local time when the South Island city was at its busiest.
The Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal which will be used to support the New Zealand Red Cross response to the disaster.
Some 2,000 people were displaced and Red Cross teams helped to set up welfare centres distributing blankets, water containers and tents.
This grant follows a £10,000 grant that was given following a large earthquake in the same area in September 2010. On that occasion the money was passed to the District Grand Master’s appeal on behalf of the Mayor of Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund, which was to help the wider community with their immediate needs following the earthquake.
For further information about the Red Cross Appeal visit: www.redcross.org.uk