Fastway Couriers is assisting a select number of local initiatives, to collect and transport much needed items to a central location, ready for onward shipping to Vanuatu. 
 
Scott Jenyns, CEO at Fastway New Zealand says,
 
“We’ve seen the devastation facing the people of Vanuatu and, as a result, a few of our depots would like to help.  As a result, Fastway Couriers is currently assisting a few initiatives by transporting items, where we can, to support this very worthy cause,” says Scott.   
 
Waikato
 
Fastway Couriers Waikato is calling for clothing items to be dropped off at their depot.  John Tatterson, Franchise Support Manager at Fastway Couriers says,
 
“We are encouraging anyone in the local area who would like to offer clothing, to drop off their donation, marked for Vanuatu, at our depot in Waikato.”  
 
The Fastway Couriers depot will then transport the clothing to Auckland, for shipping by the Red Cross to Vanuatu.  
 
Drop off at - Fastway Couriers Waikato, Unit 4/156 Ellis Street, Hamilton.
 
Nationwide
 
‘Quilts for Vanuatu’ is an initiative calling for New Zealanders all over the country to drop-off their spare quilts at designated retail points* by Friday, 10 April 2015.  Fastway Couriers will collect the quilts from participating retailers and transport them, free of charge, to a final meeting point, ready for packaging and shipping.  
 
The initiative is the brainchild of Matamata local, Caroline Mason, who recognises the value and comfort a simple quilt could provide those who have been affected by Cyclone Pam.
 
“Our quilts will go some way to offer comfort and protect those who have had their lives turned upside down.  Winter is coming and people may now find themselves on the ground with maybe only a tarpaulin for shelter.  There is currently a shortage of traditional Pandanus mats used for sleeping, therefore our quilts can be used as temporary relief to sleep on or even hung to use as a divider to provide some privacy for people sharing small spaces,” says Caroline.  
 
“Thanks to the generosity of the New Zealand Quilters, Bernina Centres and Fastway Couriers the quilts have begun to arrive, ready for the attachment of a small card written in Bislama language to be attached.  The Matamata quilt group have scheduled a working bee to sew on the greeting labels to the hundreds of quilts we know are coming.”
 
*Participating retail outlets for ‘Quilts for Vanuatu’ include:
 
Auckland: Nutex Wholesalers, 25-29 Gordon Rd, Morningside
West Auckland: All Things Patchwork, 5-19 Factory Rd, Waimauku
Blenheim: The Sewing Store, 29 High St,
Christchurch: Bernina Sewing Centre, 466d Papanui Rd
Dunedin: Bernina Sewing Centre, 185 Hillside Rd
Hamilton: Bernina Sewing Centre, 91 Alexandra St
Invercargill: Bernina Sewing Centre, 47 Tay St
Napier: Bernina Sewing Centre, 239c Emerson St
Nelson: Bernina Sewing Centre, 52 Bridge St
New Plymouth: Bernina Sewing Centre, 24 Devon St East
New Plymouth: Still Quilting & Knitting, 228 Devon St East
Palmerston North: Village Books and Crafts, 318 College St
Rotorua: Cottage Flair, 1127 Fenton St
Tauranga: Bernina Sewing Centre, 387 Cameron Rd
Te Awamutu: Stitchin Stuff, 91 Market St
Timaru: Timaru Sewing Centre, 173 Stafford St
Wellington: Minerva Books, 237 Cuba St
Whakatane: Jaynes Wool and Fabrics, 16 Peace St
Whangarei: Country Dawn Quilting & Patchwork, 38 Rayburn House Lane
 
Caroline Mason, organiser at ‘Quilts for Vanuatu’ can be contacted at +64 7 888 6647 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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