Addington Action Committee was established by local residents the day following the February earthquake. The group got together in response to the overwhelming need in and around Addington. Since then the organisation has helped 500 families.
From day one, the plan was to organise Addington residents in 64 streets to work together. In the first 18 days, 150 volunteers joined in. The group was involved in building long-drops in parks to help control disease, providing clean water, organising security, looking after the elderly and lost pets, cleaning up the rubble into neat street piles for later removal by Civil Defense and providing hugs and support for people.
Today, many people in Christchurch are going hungry through no fault of their own. So Addington Action is organising the following to make food more affordable and easily accessible:
The Christchurch South Fruit and Veggie Co-op: is a fantastic initiative where people can spend $10 on packs of fresh fruit and veggies which are worth $20-$30 in the shops. These vege packs can be ordered from the following local distribution centres on Wednesdays. Anyone is welcome to join.
More distribution centres are being set up so that there is one in easy walking distance of every family. Call Addington Action on 980 0902 or 027 2105 042 for more information.