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Help support Red Cross in Myanmar
Around 1.5 million people have been affected by heavy monsoon rains in Myanmar that have caused flooding and landslides.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) emergency appeal will be used to provide assistance.

An estimated 770,000 acres of agricultural land has been damaged, as well as household food stocks, leaving 435,000 people in need of food aid.

Red Cross is supporting food distributions and re-establishing livelihoods will be a priority in the recovery stage. New Zealanders wishing to donate to the IFRC appeal can do so at www.ifrc.org

Win with Bulbs Direct
Paparoa-based Bulbs Direct is running a photo competition until the end of spring.

If you've purchased bulbs through them, take a few snaps and send them through. Photo's can be of any type of bulb, flowering at anytime of the year. Add your photo to the competition by email info@bulbsdirect.co.nz or via facebook. Visit their online store at bulbsdirect.co.nz.

Daffodil Day art on Trade Me
Now’s your chance to have a one-off celebrity artwork hanging at your place, all in the name of an artfully good cause.

The ANZ Daffodil Day Art Auction 2015, featuring artworks by 30 well-known New Zealanders, is now live on Trade Me until Wednesday 26 August.

Just enter ‘ANZ Daffodil Day Art Auction’ in the Trade Me search field. All proceeds go to the Cancer Society.

Missed the auction? Text ‘hope’ to 336 to make an instant $3 donation or visit don8.co.nz to find out more ways of donating.

More money for hospices
As New Zealand’s population grows and ages, the demand for palliative care continues to increase, so an extra $2.3 million is being pumped into Northland hospice services over the next four years.

Northland DHB will receive around an extra $580,000 a year for four years to share amongst Far North Community Hospice, Hospice Bay of Islands, Hospice Kaipara and North Haven Hospice.

The extra funding means the teams at these hospices will be able to better support terminally ill people at home and in aged-care facilities.
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