We’re shocked by the 6.3 earthquake that struck the city of Christchurch week. I was born in Christchurch. I can only begin to imagine how people are coping right now – especially those with young children and those that have missing or deceased loved-ones.
In the coming months once the initial shock has subsided, I hope that the people of Christchurch find some comfort by how the rest of New Zealand is rallying around them. Seeing people reach out to each other certainly seems to be one of the only ‘good’ things to come out of this cruel event. Yesterday in Wigan Street I watched as an army of volunteers packed a truck full of donated goods, ready to cross the Cook Straight. Hopefully this will make an impact at relief centers with much-needed necessities like buckets and nappies.
Every person and business in Wellington seems to be devising ingenious ways to raise funds for the relief effort, or to offer help by any means possible. From the pizza eating competition at Heaven Pizza, to Real Groovy donating a proportion of this coming Saturday’s takings, to residents offering spare beds to stranded tourists – everyone is determined to help in any way they can.
We hope we’re doing our bit by helping some businesses to promote their fundraising efforts. Caffe L’affare is donating 100% of this Sunday’s takings. We’re helping them by producing posters, POS, flyers and promoting the event through social media channels. We know that this event will raise a significant amount of money from generous Wellingtonians.
If you’re in Wellington make sure you get yourself down to College Street on Sunday! Every cent you spend will go directly to the relief effort in Christchurch. And if you can’t make it and would still like to help, please make a donation through Red Cross New Zealand.
UPDATE: We’re thrilled to announce that $18,000 was raised at the Caffe L’affare event. Every single cent will go towards helping the people of Christchurch – well done Wellington!