Thursday, 24 February 2011

Tears for Christchurch

As weeks go, this has been a very sad one. 


toppled building in christchurch


On February 22, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook Christchurch.  It might have been rated lower than the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred in September 2010 (and that didn't claim any lives), but this earthquake was much shallower, closer to the city, more violent; and this time there was extensive damage and many fatalities.


Over the last couple of days I've found myself fighting back the tears as I watch television coverage of the desperate situation down there. It's heartbreaking. People have been trying to find their family and friends, not knowing whether they're alive or not. 


When I leave home and go out in my car, the news is all over the radio. Personal, heart wrenching stories. So many people around the country have been affected by this disaster. It's all so terribly sad.


Lets spare a thought for the people of Christchurch, the family and friends of those who have died, those who have not yet located their loved ones, the rescue workers who are working tirelessly and who are having to deal with ghastly situations, the leaders, the medical staff, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management; and the animals.


Everyone is working so very hard to get through this terrible disaster and they're doing such a great job. New Zealand has also had so many offers of help from around the world which has been so wonderful. It always warms my heart to see the kindness and love offered to those in need, in times like this. 


If you want to make a donation, please go to: New Zealand Red Cross.


And if you are living in New Zealand and using the Vodafone mobile network, you can SMS 'quake' to 555 to make a donation of $5 or to 333 to donate $3. Every little bit helps.


Take care, everyone.


xo

3 comments:

  1. My prayers go to the families while they wait - and also to the rescue workers.

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  2. This has been all over our news too and it is just very, very sad. It does make you think about all the value in worldly goods. Life is precious and I am so glad that you are safe. Much love xxx

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  3. Absolutely!

    Thanks so much. xo

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