From the Top:-
1. Dust over a ruined city
3. Prince William stands before Christchurch Cathedral after the Bell Tower was demolished
4, Prince William plants an oak tree of hope watched by Prime Minister John Key.
Prince William spent time visiting Christchurch, families of earthquake victims and the families of the Pike River Mine Disaster. He also spoke heart felt words at the big Memorial Service in Hagley Park and shook hands with hundreds of people before planting the tree. He then went to Australia were he visited the recent flood stricken area.
THIS IS A COPY OF TODAY'S POST ON MY NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL.
Many Americans are involved in making donations to rebuild Christchurch following the February 22nd earth quake.
There has always been a variety of connections between New Zealand and the United States. For many years Christchurch has been the final stop before flying personnel and equipment to the Antarctic Base. Following the earthquake a group calling them selves Ice-Aid for Rebuilding Christchurch was formed. Now a concert is being planned in Denver, Colorado. You can read all about it here on FaceBook. I hope you'll pass this on to as many people as you can and they in turn will pass the message on to anyone they know in Denver.
Saturday, April 16 · 5:00pm - 11:00pm
The Bug Theater
3654 Navajo St
Doors open at 5 p.m., with the concert beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a short live auction before 8 p.m. Cover is $10 cash, with proceeds from ticket sales and auction to benefit the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Continue to monitor this page for more details on the benefit, band lineup and auction items.
Concert and Auction Press Release
by Ice-Aid for Rebuilding Christchurch on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 2:56am
Benefit concert and auction to raise money for Christchurch rebuilding efforts
Denver, Colo. – It started with an email.
“Cookie” Jon Emanuel sent a simple message to Jay Fox a couple of weeks after the Feb. 22 earthquake that destroyed much of the central business district of Christchurch and left nearly 200 people dead.
We should do something, Emanuel wrote. Maybe some sort of benefit concert.
On April 16, at the Bug Theatre in Denver, Colo., more than a half-dozen bands will take the stage to rock the roof off and raise money for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Fund (www.christchurchearthquakeappeal.govt.nz).
“It’s going to be totally off the page,” said Fox, one of the chief organizers of the event who, like many of those involved in the charity fundraiser, has traveled through Christchurch numerous times en route to Antarctica in support of the U.S. research program there.
The concert will mainly feature bands and musicians who have performed on the Ice, as those who work on the continent refer to Antarctica.
Among the headliners is Monroe Monroe, a local Denver band fronted by singer-song writer Frank Abbatecola, who has also worked in Antarctica. Denver folk band Bone Orchard Revival will also perform. In addition, a live auction will be held during the evening, with items donated from around the world.
“It’s really awesome to see the Ice community rally around this event,” said Emanuel, who worked as the executive chef at the South Pole Station before becoming the executive chef at the Denver area nonprofit Project Angel Heart in 2005. “Christchurch is like a second home for so many of us.”
Doors open at 5 p.m., with the first band scheduled to take the stage at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
For more information, see the Facebook page, Ice-Aid for Rebuilding Christchurch.
There's less than 2 weeks to spread the news.
It warms my heart to see how all kinds of people have set up a huge variety of projects to help this city. The damage is serious. Beyond anything New Zealand has previously experienced. Insurance companies are going to be stretched to meet their commitments. The city infrastructure will be years in the rebuilding. New satellite cities may develop and it is hard to imagine the CBD ever becoming the wonderful mix of offices, boutique shops, hotels and restaurants again. So many people have had their lives changed forever and now the redundancies are pouring in as some of the larger companies realise it might be years before they can function again.