One thing i love about living in New Zealand is the Kiwi spirit, where kindness and generosity is overwhelming in times of crisis. Here are a few examples of response to the Christchurch earthquake.
Quake Escape is dedicated to helping victims of the latest Christchurch earthquake find temporary accommodation in this time of need. The response here has been phenomenal – they are up to more than 2,000 offers, with over 8,200 beds available throughout NZ. They have matched over 140 families and people in need with suitable offers.
The 10,000-strong student volunteer army has been gathered via social networking site Facebook to help those suffering in the wake of Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Christchurch. “We are working closely with Civil Defence in this operation. At this very early stage we are focusing on helping everyday people in their homes in low risk areas with non-life threatening situations,” student organiser Sam Johnson says.y’ The Student Army was created to help clear up after the 4th September quake last year.
A group of concerned Rangiora volunteers is running loads of water into the Christchurch suburbs most desperately in need.
The ‘Rangiora Earthquake Express’ is asking local residents to search their households for useable water containers that can be sealed, to sanitise those containers and to fill them with Rangiora tap water.
Otago’s Heidi McQuillan is planning to head up State Highway One to bake for those in need in Christchurch. Dunedin residents can bring non-perishable baked goods (appropriately packaged), baking ingredients and coffee beans to the Centre for Innovation reception, 87 St David St, Dunedin and they will be transported to Christchurch.
Dairy giant Fonterra had supplied 34 tankers with 20,000 litre capacities to provide the water at selected sites. Fonterra is also installing five milk vats filled with fresh water around Christchurch. CEO Andrew Ferrier says the company is filling the containers – which can hold 21,000 litres each – and dropping them at school centres in the city. “We’ve got an additional 22 of these containers around the South Island and our people on the ground are currently co-ordinating with Civil Defence to get these to communities in Christchurch as quickly as possible.”