Bridgestone Donates to Christchurch Earthquake Relief
Bridgestone New Zealand has donated NZ$20,000 to the New Zealand Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal to support those affected by the recent earthquake in Christchurch.
Above: Cami Arend of the NZ Red Cross, Manukau Office, with Ken Oyama,
Bridgestone Director New Zealand Business
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's second-largest city on September 4th, causing widespread damage. Although there was no loss of life, residents have endured more than 1000 aftershocks as they attempt to rebuild.
"Bridgestone has had a long and proud association with the people of Christchurch and we have many employees who have been affected by the earthquake," said Shawn Hara, Bridgestone Australia Ltd. Group Chairman & Managing Director.
"Fortunately, there was no loss of life, but the earthquake caused significant damage and the aftershocks have had a very tough psychological impact on the people of Christchurch."
Bridgestone New Zealand, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Australia Ltd., has a strong presence in Christchurch with a large number of staff employed in the Company's warehouse, retread factory and across its retail network in the area. The Company also ran a new tyre manufacturing plant in the city from 1947 until last year.
"We have been incredibly impressed with the stoicism of those affected by the earthquake, many of whom have lost their businesses or homes," Mr Hara said. "We hope our donation can go some way to support people, particularly children who are requiring medical treatment or counselling to cope with trauma."
Bridgestone Australia Ltd. is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the largest tyre manufacturer in the world. Bridgestone New Zealand Ltd. is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Australia Ltd.