The 6.3 Richter earthquake that struck my home town of Christchurch, has caused much devastation and many lives lost.
The latest information is being posted regularly here- http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/
Images you find here- the-latest-pictures-from-the-christchurch-earthquake/
At least 65 dead, others feared trapped or dead in collapsed buildings. People are leaving the city to stay with friends or relatives in other cities or towns. Full extent of missing and injured is not known. Many have had homes trashed, businesses ruined, or jobs lost. Army personnel are deployed, and specialist rescue teams are flying in from Australia, Japan , USA, and Britain.
The rescue work is dangerous as other tall buildings are in danger of collapse.
We have a lot of friends and family affected by this. Thankfully no casualties, but homes are trashed, and jobs affected. The ongoing effects of this upon their lives, already severely stressed throughout the after shocks of the September quake, will last months if not years.
I've prepared a list of agencies where you can assist by donating.
I am amazed at the great camaraderie that exists within the travel blogger fraternity, a true brother/sisterhood of amazing people I have had the joy of becoming part of over the past year. I know that you will all pass on, copy, or spread this post throughout your networks to assist in disaster relief fund raising.
We are personally donating $500 to this appeal.
Where to make a donation-
New Zealand Red Cross Canterbury http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate
The Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/
Global Volunteer Network http://www.gvnfoundation.org/programs/emergency_relief/
Street appeal at The Auckland University Students Association outside its Student Union Building .
These banks are collecting donations.
Any branch of ANZ Bank, - anz.co.nz/ canterbury-earthquake-information/donation-information/
Any branch of National Bank,- nationalbank.co.nz canterburyearthquake/donations
Any Westpac branch is collecting for The Salvation Army. westpac.com.au nz-earthquake-appeal
And here- westpac.co.nz earthquake
Any Kiwibank branch - kiwibank.co.nz/canterbury-earthquake/#donations
And let's not forget all the missing and terrified family pets-
Only trained emergency personel are required at this stage.
Keep checking here - Habitat For Humanity will probably organise house building or repair teams later on. This organisation has been instrumental in several disaster rebuilding volunteer projects around the world.
Beware of scam emails. Check out the legitimacy of New Zealand charities here- http://www.register.charities.govt.nz/
Or let me know and I'll check them out.
Thanks everyone. Please share this. Thanks.