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Dear Bartercard members,

Tuesday 22nd February was a tragic day for everyone in Christchurch and the whole of New Zealand is mourning for their loss. We have 863 Bartercard members in Christchurch and at this stage we do not know how they have all weathered the earthquake, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone of our members in Christchurch. We are all asking ourselves the question how can we help, and at this stage we just don’t know enough to be able to tell you how we could help. I think we all feel we want to do something and we have launched a relief fund through the Bartercard Foundation.

Any donations made through the Bartercard Foundation website will go to the Christchurch relief effort. Under normal circumstances donations incur Transaction Fees just like any other purchase, however Bartercard will reverse these fees charged as part of our support in helping to raise funds for this disaster. I would like to be able to communicate what the Trade Dollars donated will be spent on, but at this early stage I cannot confirm what that will be except to say that every Trade Dollar donated will be used solely for helping Christchurch to be able to move forward.

I can also communicate with you all that all of our staff and their families in Christchurch are okay, but many of them have had major damage to their homes. Our Christchurch office building has suffered major damage and has also been flooded, at this stage it is too early to say if the building will need to be condemned but we believe it may be. All calls to our Christchurch office are being diverted to other branches around the country. We appreciate your patience as we work to get back up and running on the ground in Christchurch.

At this difficult time I am calling on all Bartercard members to pull together as one community and support everyone in our community in Christchurch, our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with every one of our members and staff in Christchurch.

Kind Regards,

Paul Bolte
CEO Bartercard New Zealand

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