Coronavirus: SPCA, Cancer Society feeling financial effects of COVID-19

Some Kiwi charities are feeling the financial pinch of the COVID-19 crisis and are seeing a shortfall in donations.

The SPCA is classed as an essential service and it is still saving animal lives during lockdown and housing those without a home.

But as donations dry up and fundraisers are canned, it's losing income fast.

"We're looking at about a million dollars, and that's just because we haven't been able to continue with some of our campaigns, our events," SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen said.

"It's really hard if we don't get that money in. It's animals that will suffer."

The SPCA isn't the only one busy during the lockdown. Wellington's City Mission is flat out feeding people in need.

"For our food parcels and food delivery, that's been an increase of over 400 percent," Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge said.

Normally the mission would give out donated food, but because of the lockdown the items can't be dropped off. Instead it's now buying and delivering food packs.

But the mission is coping, largely thanks to online cash donations and financial support from the Government. For other charities - that's not the case.

The Red Cross has had to cancel its street appeal, and the Cancer Society has canned major fundraising events like Relay for Life.

"We expect to be sort of at least $1.5 million down this month from the loss of those events alone," Cancer Society CEO Lucy Elwood said.

Its fundraising revenue is down 60 percent this financial quarter, which is money it needs to keep up with demand for its services.

Services that cancer survivor Rachel Wybourne-Curtin says are vital.

"Without their support, my pathway of the last 18 months to two years would have been so much more challenging," she said.

As charities find new ways to campaign they have a simple message: Donate if you can, we need you.

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