Thursday, 24 February 2011

CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE

I'm stuck here in London, a million miles from home wondering what on earth I can do to help the folks in Christchurch at this time.  It's been almost two full days since the earthquake struck and destroyed the city and I feel like my heart has been wretched out.  My family is safe and sound but I know that many aren't so lucky.

I've found it quite difficult to get updated ongoing information about the rescue efforts. The media here in the UK show flashes of the scenes but the events in Libya dominate the news reel.

I'm trying to locate a good friend Leah Pickworth.  I haven't heard from her since the morning of the day of the quake.  I've used Google's person- finder application ( http://christchurch-2011.person-finder.appspot.com/ ) to post a message. Someone has responded and said they got a text from her a few days ago. I've tried calling her home number. I tried calling another Pickworth family in Christchurch that I found in the whitepages. I've tried Facebook. I've tried emails. I've picked random friends of hers on Facebook and emailed them and asked them if they've heard from her. One replied and said that they had not yet but they would keep in touch.  Leah, I am positive that you are OK and that you are with your family.  I know that phones are down and the internet isn't always working. I know that if you're OK that you're busy helping other people.  I can't wait to hear from you to confirm this.


If you're like me and trying to keep updated on what is happening with the rescue efforts I suggest you try:
NZ Herald newspaper online: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/
Television NZ online: http://tvnz.co.nz/
Radio NZ live: http://www.radionz.co.nz/




If you're also in the UK and trying to find ways to help, Vodaphone customers can make a donation to the Red Cross by: NZQUAKE to 70801.
The British Red Cross has also launched an online appeal at: 
http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now


How to donate to the appeal within New Zealand

Banks: 
-    BNZ: Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal, online or at BNZ branches, with no transaction fees charged on donations: 02-0500-0982004-000
   ASB: Christchurch Earthquake Support Fund in ASB branches or online: 12-3205-0146808-00
-    Westpac: Westpac Canterbury Care Fund, which is in partnership with the Salvation Army, either at branches nationwide or to the account number 03-0207-0617331-00

Other: 
-    Vodafone users can donate to the Red Alert Canterbury Earthquake Appeal by texting "Quake" to 333 to make a $3 donation to the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Appeal



Also check out http://www.trademe.co.nz/christchurch-earthquake-support to offer your support to those who have specific requests for help or if you have a room to spare etc.


KIA KAHA Christchurch

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