The Prime Minister, John Key, announced the international appeal for Christchurch funds. The funds will be used to help families experiencing hardship and for trauma and social services. He says some of the money may also be used to help rebuild iconic buildings such as Christchurch Cathedral.
Amongst all the horror, we’re also seeing great stories of the community rallying around each other, and helping out in really practical ways. Gala Darling posted this link to stories of kindness, with lots of people in the comments talking about lovely things others have done for them. The Salvation Army needs more space to store all the food donations it’s received, farmers are out in force cleaning up the streets, and even really simple things like people driving around with car-phone chargers, so those with no power can re-charge their phones and keep in touch with family. The Sunday Star Times also found The Awesome Maori Guy – IncrediBro Hulk, who turned out to be a Samoan. He was the dude you would have seen throwing off concrete slabs to try and save people. This piece gives a really good insight into how difficult and dangerous the situation was for rescuers and those trapped following the quake.
I also came across this story about people trying to re-unite with their pets that ran off scared when the earthquake struck. The amount of comfort pets give their owners is incredible, so if you’d like to donate to the SPCA go here.
P.S How awesome is that cat hugging the Speights bottle?