It feels inappropriate to talk about anything else at this time of devastation and distress for the people of Christchurch. There are no words that will ever be enough, and sitting in Auckland behind a computer screen one seems incredibly useless. But, what we can do, and as I’m sure most of you have already done, is donate to help with the tireless emergency, recovery and eventually rebuild efforts, efforts that looks set to continue for weeks, months and years.
Click here to donate to the Red Cross. It may be best to donate via internet banking with the account number provided on the site, the credit card payment option seemed to be down. Make sure you put 2011 Earthquake Appeal as the reference. UPDATE Red Cross says go here if you are still experiencing difficulties with their site to donate: http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/
You can also Text “QUAKE” to 555 from your mobile to donate $5 or “QUAKE” to 333 to donate $3.
Most banks will also have their own accounts dedicated to the earthquake appeal, so check with your bank too. If you’re in Auckland and can give some stranded Chch peeps temporary accommodation then go here.
International viewers can watch live One News coverage at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/inewsroom
Go here to listen back to audio of the quake coverage. And of course The NZ Herald and Stuff have some incredibly humbling images of damage caused. Round of applause to all the emergency staff and journalists working around the clock. Round of applause to the Christchurch people for staying strong.