Auckland headquartered SkyCity Entertainment Group gaming and entertainment company has thanked emergency services and firefighters for all efforts to fight a fire in their home city.
A blaze erupted last month at the New Zealand International Convention Center under construction NZ$703 m (US$ 445 m), the opening of which was initially pencilled in for 2020 but was later delayed.
The culprit is suspected to have been an unattended blow torch, left on the roof by a construction worker which later ignited flammable material, sending thick black smoke across the skyline of the town.
As a result, SkyCity was forced to evacuate its wider area, including the company’s casino, SkyTower, hotels, car parks, restaurants and corporate offices. To recognise the efforts of fire-assisted emergency services teams after the fire broke out on Tuesday, October 22, all revenue generated from Sky Tower admissions on Sunday, November 17 was donated to Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Graeme Stephens, CEO of SkyCity Entertainment Group said: “In very challenging circumstances, our firefighters and emergency services have done a phenomenal job, which they should all be very proud of.
“A small way for us to say thank you, is to give back to Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand, a charity which Fire and Emergency New Zealand has selected and proudly supported, alongside SkyCity, for the past 15 years.”
Peter Fergusson, CEO of Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand, added: “A cloud with a silver lining has risen from the devastating fire at the New Zealand International Conference Centre.
“The kind gesture of SkyCity, to recognise the firefighters involved, and the generosity of FENZ to select Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand as their chosen charity – is humbling and very special.
“Our relationship with SkyCity, FENZ and our beloved firefighters from all over the country has already raised almost $10m for blood cancer patients in the past 15 years.
“This latest gesture reflects the true depth of partnership – and our ongoing admiration for the firefighters on the front line who make a massive difference to our families and their communities. Thank you for supporting us.”