2011-02-24

Urgent request for portable toilets and petrol to support elderly and disabled Cantabrians

In the wake of the earthquake of 22 February 2011, there is an urgent need for portable toilets at the Christchurch offices of homecare company Access Homehealth Ltd, so that it can begin operating again.


The company supports elderly and disabled clients in Christchurch and the wider Canterbury area with daily care needs.

The offices of the two other Christchurch home healthcare companies (Nurse Maud and Healthcare New Zealand) are out of action. Access has offered to share its premises with to these two companies so that urgent services can be co-ordinated for all their vulnerable clients, including the urgent distribution of water.

If anyone can help with this request, the toilets should be delivered to Access’ offices at 100 Carlisle Street, Christchurch. This is outside the restricted zone. At least six toilets are required.

Another urgent request is for offers of petrol, as supplies at the pumps become exhausted. Rural Women New Zealand would appreciate information about gas stations that still have supplies. We will pass this information on to Access Homehealth Ltd, which is wholly owned by Rural Women New Zealand.

Rural Women New Zealand is also asking farmers and contracting companies with private supplies to contact its national office with any offers of petrol for homecare workers so that they can reach their clients, many of whom live in rural areas.

For offers of petrol or information on petrol supplies, please contact Noeline Holt, Executive Officer, Rural Women New Zealand on (04) 473 5524 or 021 868 608 or Jackie Edkins, Communications Officer, Rural Women New Zealand on 027 271 5717.

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