"The label you give yourself cannot impact external forces that are not motivated by your own psychology or influenced by a third party's pre-existing consciousness of you. We are all presented with reasons to struggle which come from completely external forces; to pretend that one is not struggling is either arrogance or an admission of defeat. To admit that one is struggling is a sign and a source of strength." - Evan A. Baker

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Zealand Earthquake

Fellow actress and blogger Anita, was not affected by the 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch NZ, but she has many friends who have family there and were affected. Because the quake happened during the day, a lot of people were trapped in the damage. I asked my favorite Kiwi what we can do to help, and here's what she wrote:

The quake was in Christchurch on the South Island. They had an even stronger one on September last year but it was during the night, so nobody died. It is much different this time. The quake struck in the middle of the business day and while it wasn’t as strong, it was much shallower and much more violent. Downtown Chch is completely destroyed, 39 people have been confirmed dead and there are up to 200 hundred still missing and/or confirmed trapped in collapsed buildings. It is truly horrific!

Luckily we’re living in Wellington, which is in the South of the North Island. We’re sitting right on the Pacific fault line and seeing an earthquake that size hitting Christchurch is extremely scary! We don’t have family in Canterbury (Christchurch region) but a lot of friends who do. New Zealand is such a small country, the impact of the quake is felt everywhere. Christchurch and the Canterbury region are going to take a long time to recover and they need all the help, love and understanding they can get.

If you want to donate, the Salvation Army allows online donations from anywhere in the world here https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp

ASB, ANZ and the National Bank are also taking donations.

ASB Bank: Account number: 12-3205-0146808-00. BIC/SWIFT code: ASBBNZ2A

ANZ Bank: Account number 01-1839-0188939-00. BIC/SWIFT code: ANZBAU3M
National Bank: Account number 06-0869-0548507-00. BIC/SWIFT code: ANZBNZ22

I’m sure you can also donate online to the New Zealand Red Cross but I can’t get any information on that at the moment as their website seems to be overloaded.

If you could please forward these details to your network that would be amazing!

If you want to keep up to date, there is a great national news website here: www.stuff.co.nz

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers!

Warmest wishes,

If you yourself can't donate, please forward this along to everyone you know.


  1. I have just compiled some more information.

    Thank you again! Lots of love

  2. Great post. It's one of those times wherein anyone can prove that we people are one.

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  3. We were in NZ a few years back - so beautiful, and the folks were so nice.

    Oh, and Happy Presidents Pets Day - the day after Presidents Day, as I like to call it. In the US, we love our presidents..... pets. See my blog if you’re in the mood for a good ol' irreverent howl.


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