Unite and Black Out, Fundraising for cyclone relief efforts

Published on March 20, 2023

Black Out event to raise money for Cyclone Gabrielle recovery.

Schools and community groups are being encouraged to unite and 'Black Out' on Friday 31 March, to help raise money for our friends in Hawkes Bay and Tararua.

The Black Out is a community-initiated event to raise $100,000 for people who need a helping hand right now following Cyclone Gabrielle's devastation.

Mayor Bernie Wanden says, "On Friday 31 March, I am encouraging everyone to get involved, residents, schools, community groups and businesses, join me in wearing black and contribute to support our fellow New Zealanders in need."

"We're aware of some schools that have already done something similar but now is a time to do it as a united front, the mighty Horowhenua coming together in a sign of solidarity and all for a tremendous cause."

Schools and community organisations are encouraged to host a day, encouraging students to wear black and collecting a gold coin donation, whereas businesses can dress their shop front in black, also collecting any donations from customers.

Schools who participate will go in the draw to win a school pool party at the Levin Aquatic Centre. Conditions apply with Council sending further information to all local primary and secondary schools this week.

Monique Davidson, CEO of Horowhenua District Council says, "You'll see our Council Facilities blacked out with staff encouraged to wear black for the day. Just like our community, our kaimahi have seen the sad after effects of the cyclone and we're keen to do what we can to help and raise awareness."

To make a contribution, please use account number 02-0668-0070607-002 and use either 'Mayoral Relief Fund' or 'Cyclone Gabrielle' as the reference when making the payment.

Council can also produce receipts for donations if you require one for tax purposes. Email mayoralrelieffund@horowhenua.govt.nz to request one.

The Black Out event will end with an evening auction on Saturday 1 April, at Te Takaretanga o Kura-hau-pō, showcasing the district's producers and local businesses. People looking to buy tickets to the Black Out evening can do so by visiting Eventbrite.co.nz

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