26 Feb – 4 March ’11
To the people of Christchurch and Canterbury – Kia Kaha
From the New Zealand Herald’s running update page:-
The nation just observed two minutes silence to commemorate those who lost their lives in Tuesday’s earthquake.
Sombre scenes across the nation as people stood in silence in Christchurch, outside Parliament in Wellington, at Aotea Square in Auckland and other spots throughout the country.
Search and rescue workers in quake-torn Christchurch downed their tools and joined the rest of New Zealand in standing in silence.
Prime Minister John Key, who had called for the national period of silence, marked it at the Christchurch Arts Centre.
My Dad and his partner, Lorraine, were in Christchurch on holiday when the quake hit. Thankfully they were not in the central city, but had chosen to have a lazy day and were hanging out in their hotel room at the time. They managed to escape unhurt and have since made their way home. For this I am grateful, that I am not among the number still waiting and praying.
New Zealand media personality Paul Holmes wrote an open letter to the people of Canterbury. It expresses how we feel as a nation. I read it with tears on my cheeks.
The cost to rebuild the city and the lives of the people of Canterbury is going to be huge. We each struggle with feelings of helplessness. Words and tears are not much use. The people need physical comfort, strong arms and backs to put the city and the region back to rights. Already there are armies of volunteers, there are professionals from all around the world coming to the aid of the broken city and her people.
To fuel this work what’s needed most is money.
And every little bit helps.
A fund raiser