DCS 9756 - The Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones and Dawn Harris from the Christchurch City Mission with the cans collected as part of Mission Kiwi Can by Burnham Army personnel.
15 July 2011
Army personnel at Burnham Army Camp have once again come to the aid of the people of Christchurch this time with a donation of canned food to two food banks.
For the past two weeks the New Zealand Defence Force has been running a campaign throughout the country called Mission Kiwi Can where personnel have been asked to donate canned food for local food banks.
On Friday 15 July the Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones handed over 2,067 cans and $534.00 which was spilt between the Christchurch City Mission and Salvation Army.
LTGEN Rhys Jones said, “This is the third year we have run Mission Kiwi Can. In the past two years we have donated a total of over 15,340 cans to food banks around the country. This year we have collected over 6,000 cans and raised over $16,000 which has been donated to food banks from Auckland to Invercargill.
“Our involvement with charities is an important part of Defence, especially where we are able to support charitable organisations in the communities where we are based.”
Christchurch City Missioner Michael Gorman said, “Christchurch has endured difficult times as we experience a continuous succession of earthquakes. Each quake seems to bring additional stress and hardship to those who live in its path. As is often the case with dramatic events the quakes have brought out the best in us as we struggle to make sense of our lives.
“Over the past few months members of the Defence Force have been a familiar sight on our streets as they have worked tirelessly to protect us and help with rescue and restoration. Despite the extra demands placed on them by the quakes they have still found time to help the Christchurch City Mission through Mission Kiwi Can. The earthquakes have brought with them new demands for help and, thanks to promotions like Mission Kiwi Can we, at the City Mission, will be able to provide help to those in need.”
For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 04 496 0273 or 021 569 130