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Greatest Needs Fund

Endorsed by Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult, the Wakatipu Community Foundation (WCF) has established the Greatest Needs Fund to help address gaps in central Government assistance to the most vulnerable or worst affected by Covid-19 in our community.

The Government has provided the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) with a Community Welfare Registration Form LINK for people in need.  The Welfare Response Team, headed by QLDC includes local agencies and charities such as the Salvation Army and Happiness House etc. They are at the coalface, assisting those who most need our help. All donations raised through the Greatest Needs Fund will be distributed to such charities.


Founding Donor Hugo Charitable Trust has donated $25,000

and pledged another $25,000

when the Fund reaches


Our overriding aim is to reduce the fundraising stress on these organisations and let them carry out their core welfare role, a goal which is strongly supported by Mayor Boult.

Click to letter from Mayor Jim Boult

Please Donate to the WCF Greatest Needs Fund Now

We need to raise a significant amount of money in a short time and we implore you, our community, to give generously.  Funds raised will only be spent in the Wakatipu and do not extend to Wanaka where community leaders are being encouraged to set up a similar fund with the offer of assistance and advice from WCF.  

As at Monday March 30 best estimates are between 2000 and 2,500 people have been let go by their local employers and are facing inconceivable hardship. 

•    The father of a family of five who suffers from a medical condition lost his job four weeks ago and without his sole income he and his wife are living on a mere $50 a week to feed their three children and themselves.

click here for further stories of hardship


This is the tip of the iceberg and we must do all in our power to ease the struggle for those in our community who are unable to afford food, accommodation, and looming winter power bills.

100% of your donation will be allocated to the key charities working on the front line in the first instance.

There are no administration fees. WCF is covering all overhead ensuring the money will go to the right place! *


*All credit card donations incur an unavoidable 3% fee charged to WCF

Thank you for helping the most vulnerable in our community 

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