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Emergency junk food flown to earthquake town






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People in the town hit by last week's New Zealand earthquake have received an unusual but welcome air delivery – a lot of fast food. The food flight to the town of Kaikoura was organized by a plasterer from a town 130 kilometres away. Robert Coombes, 49, spent three days collecting donations and bought as much fast food as he could. He filled a friend's plane with 400 pieces of Kentucky Fried Chicken, 300 McDonald's burgers, 50 Domino's pizzas, and hundreds of candies. He landed in Kaikoura in time for lunch on Friday. Kaikoura was the town worst hit by the magnitude 7.8 quake.

Mr Coombes said he wanted to "put a smile on people's faces, even if it's only for one day". He added: "With kids, you need a bit more than bread and water. I just thought I'd…bring a little bit of happiness to the place…. It's just being a good human being." Coombes said the managers of KFC and McDonald's supported his idea. Staff started work two hours earlier to prepare the food. Transport links to Kaikoura were cut by big landslides. There have been over 2,000 aftershocks since Monday and the government is warning that there will be more.

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