“This is a way I thought I could help out people, to pack and distribute the hygiene packs. It’s also something I’ve wanted to do, instead of just working in the corporate world,” said Iro.
She was among Red Cross, Internal Affairs and Taio Shipping staff that unloaded boxes hygiene packages to the inter-island freight company’s warehouse yesterday.
Internal Affairs director of welfare, Grace Chynoweth Maurangi said the 120 hygiene packages will be delivered to the Pa Enua of Atiu, Mitiaro, Rakahanga and Manihiki.
“Hopefully next week the next shipment of the parcels will be sent to other pa Enua, but this is all dependent on the shipping schedule,” said Maurangi.
Red Cross Cook Islands will be hoping to continue such initiatives after ANZ Bank pledged financial assistance to support their relief efforts for families affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The bank’s Pacific agency has donated $531,500 towards the fight against Covid-19in eight Pacific countries. Cook Islands will receive about $31,900.
Red Cross Cook Islands secretary general Fine Tu’itupou-Arnold said historically, ANZ Cook Islands has always been supportive.
“We note the financial contribution to support our response to Cyclone Pat in 2010. This time is no different, and we welcome the bank’s financial support in making sure that our islands and communities continue to stay safe and Covid-19 free.”
ANZ Cook Islands country head Bernadette Shaw said the global Covid-19 pandemic has meant many Cook Islanders are experiencing significant hardship and there are families in real need, where one or more caregiver has lost employment.
“This donation to the Red Cross is intended to help Cook Island families in need, to help support the volunteers and to provide education regarding hygiene practices and social distancing,” Shaw said.
The donation follows fee removals, interest rate reductions and loan repayment deferral options already offered by the bank to support Pacific customers experiencing hardship due to pandemic.