Queenstown relief for earthquake-hit Christchurch residents

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Destination Queenstown wants help putting together earthquake-relief getaways for nerve-shattered Christchurch families and couples. 

DQ is working with Queenstown Lakes District Council, Lake Wanaka Tourism and anyone in the community keen to help sort out a weekend away for Cantabrians. 

Frequent after-shocks have continued to fray the nerves of Christchurch residents a week after last Saturday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake. 

“Many people aren’t sleeping properly, are very stressed and need a break now,” DQ communications boss Jen Andrews says. 

The relief package will involve families and couples coming to Queenstown during September 17-20 for a minimum two-night stay. 

Andrews says activities will be planned for children and their families. 

DQ is specifically looking for: 

• A volunteer or volunteers to help pull the Earthquake Charity Relief Programme together 

• Two nights (minimum) accommodation (holiday houses included) – FREE 

• Activities – it might be one trip at a particular time during the weekend – FREE

• Meals – either at a restaurant or offers to cook a family a meal – FREE 

• Any other free offers you think might be appreciated. 

Anyone keen to help should email their offer and contact details to Destination Queenstown’s Marg Taylor at reception@queenstownnz.co.nz by 5pm tomorrow – Friday, September 10. They will then be collated and passed on to the organisers.