Giving back to Q’town

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By TRACEY ROXBURGH

The Auckland owner of Queenstown’s QBox campsite’s donated $20,000 to the Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund.

Following an article in Mountain Scene last week, Li contacted fundraising queen Kaye Parker, who founded the fund in conjunction with the Wakatipu Community Foundation, hoping it would go some way to ease the pressure on migrant workers who had lost their jobs, and tourists stuck in Queenstown due to the Alert Level 3 and 4 lockdowns.

Li, who purchased the Bowen Street QBox site a couple of years ago, has also registered with Queenstown’s council to provide “basic living” for those most in need.

She tells Scene she’s just an “ordinary Chinese New Zealander” who wants to help where she can.

“Migrant workers, who came to NZ with dreams to work, are valuable and most vulnerable in such a global crisis.

“NZers are the kindest, and we won’t let them struggle alone.”

As of Wednesday morning, the fund had raised $628,760.70.

In time it’ll be distributed to frontline charities, by way of grants, to fill the gaps between government and local council support as the fall-out from the Covid-19 crisis in the Wakatipu continues.

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz