Gore group helps after shock quake

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The Gore and Districts Depression Support Group has swung into action to help Kaikoura residents affected by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake.
Organiser Vanessa Mardon urged residents to give goods that would be passed on to the Red Cross. The group will collect goods at the Warehouse today and tomorrow from 9am to noon. The quake struck shortly after midnight on Monday near Hanmer Springs.
Buildings in the Kaikoura region were badly damaged during the sizeable quake. Mrs Mardon and coorganiser Stella Griffiths were concerned about the mental and physical welfare of those affected by the quakes. The two women said residents had a long road ahead of them as property was destroyed, roads damaged and the basics for living such as toilets were unusable and water was in short supply.  ‘‘A lot of them will be in shock,’’ Mrs Mardon said.
‘‘It is really important to stick together as a community,’’ she said. Continuing aftershocks would unsettle residents, she said. The plethora of effects from the earthquakes were likely to leave residents anxious, she said. Mrs Griffiths said the earthquake affected Kaikoura and surrounding districts. ‘‘They’re going to need help to get back on their feet,’’ Mrs Griffiths said.