As you may know, New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch, was devastated by a 6.3 earthquake at lunchtime on Tuesday 22 February 2011. There have been at least 113 fatalities and over 200 people are still missing.
My friend Kek explains the financial situation well:
"Christchurch is a small city by world standards and as such, has limited resources. Emergency funds have already been stretched to the limit by the September earthquake, and now this latest and far more serious quake has left many folks destitute and in need of all the help they can get.
Remember, it's not just those who've lost their homes and belongings, but many, many people who don't have jobs to go to because their city workplaces have either been destroyed or are off-limits due to the danger of further collapses."
A group of Kiwi bloggers have come up with a great idea to help raise funds – a worldwide virtual 5K on the weekend of 12-13 March:
"… we all want to feel like we’re doing more than just typing our credit card numbers into a box and clicking submit. So we thought we’d go for a run. Wearing red and black (the local colours), to show the people of Canterbury we love them. And we’d like you to join us for a virtual run. Wherever you are."
All proceeds will go to the New Zealand Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Fund.
You don't have to be a runner to join in – jog, walk, skip if you prefer! If you’d like to participate, just follow these easy steps:
- make a donation on the fundraising page – all proceeds will go to the New Zealand Red Cross
- follow the team on Twitter and Facebook
- tell the world you’re in! Share the love on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, whatever! Use the #run4chch hashtag.
- on the 12th or 13th of March, pop your red and black on, and hit the streets, or the pavements, or the trails, or wherever it is you run/walk/jog/stagger.
- then send a link to your race report, and they will post it on the official site.
Whether or not you're in a financial position to particpate, please consider spreading the word online via Facebook, Twitter or your own blog using the links above.