COVID-19 Recovery Fund Update and Marae Care Packs

Posted on: 28/02/22

The Northland COVID-19 Recovery Fund was created in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $103,500 has been raised so far. Nearly $70,000 has been distributed as grants to community groups and individuals in dire need of support. Requests for help are still coming in regularly, and the fund is starting to run low.

Money from the fund has contributed to providing essential services to support our most vulnerable Northland communities as they deal with COVID-19. Funding has also been provided to Northland DHB patients struggling to cope with the health and economic effects of COVID-19 while also dealing with existing health problems. As a result of the Omicron variant outbreak, our most vulnerable communities’ need for support remains great.

The Recovery Fund’s supporters include The Tindall Foundation, Clare Foundation, The Warehouse, Countdown, and many generous Northland individuals. We are grateful to you all! To date, almost 80 individuals have received grants up to the value of $500 each. Those in need have been identified via applications of support from the Northland DHB Social Workers. Nina Karwowski (Northland DHB Social Worker) recently sent us this email about a fund recipient:

“I just saw XXX and he had been given the vouchers last night which I wasn’t aware of. He is so touched he couldn’t stop tears of gratitude! Please pass on to the Foundation team how much your support means to recipients – and I get the pleasure of seeing patients’ joy and gratitude; it touches my heart and gives the soul a boost. Thank you to all involved, your help is much, much appreciated!!”.