Foodstuffs South Island donates towards Tongan disaster relief

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Foodstuffs (South Island) Community Trust has donated $10,000 to New Zealand Red Cross’ Pacific Tsunami Appeal, set up to support the people of Tonga and surrounding islands in the wake of the volcanic eruption and tsunami.

Foodstuffs (South Island) Community Trust’s donation will aid New Zealand Red Cross with its essential humanitarian work in Tonga. Red Cross helps in various ways by providing tarpaulins, masks, solar lanterns and kitchen sets, plus replenishing relief supplies such as blankets and hygiene kits.

Justin Smith Chairman Foodstuffs (South Island) Community Trust says that people across the South Island know only too well the devastating destruction of natural disasters and the long-lasting impact on communities in the aftermath.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Tonga, and we felt it appropriate to show our support for our Pacific neighbours through this donation.”

“Red Cross is a long-serving and respected organisation that has the experience, protocols and resources necessary to be able make a huge difference and respond quickly in times of crisis.”

“Our money can go wherever it’s needed most and will help support Tongan communities that have been devastated by this event.”

The Foodstuffs (South Island) Community Trust was established 22 years ago to help both communities and people thrive. It has committed to be ‘Here for NZ’, and in times of crisis, like this, that social promise has been extended beyond our own borders to our Pacific nations says Justin.

“Many of our team here have strong ties to Tonga and the communities there and it is a very stressful time for them, so it’s important to show our support for them and what they’re going through.”

Foodstuffs (South Island) Community Trust thanks New Zealand Red Cross for its rapid response during this time and the many other organisations working to help Tonga.

This money will be presented to New Zealand Red Cross by Sam Quensell, a Shift Manager at Foodstuffs South Island’s Dunedin Distribution Centre and also a prominent member of the local Tongan community.