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Age : 47
Location : Auckland, New Zealand
Character Name: Kaya Jun
|Subject: Kia Ora from New Zealand Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:29 am|| |
Thank you to all RIG members for your concern over the recent Earthquake in Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.
Our death toll is at 166 as of today with still over 200 officially missing.
My older brother was in the city centre of Christchurch when the quake hit. He avoided falling debris by about 50 yards. His wife was also in the centre city but was safe too. The church across the road collapsed with people in it. They found their three children at school and University shortly thereafter.
His house is trashed inside but still standing and there was serious liquefaction in the ground outside. His children are currently in Auckland (our largest city in the North Island) to help them cope.
His is a story like many others. For those that lost loved ones however, including those that haven't located or identified theirs, it is hell on earth. Two confirmed deaths were a five month old baby, Baxtor and a nine month old baby, Jayden. The paper ran a picture of Baxtor in a Santa suit from Christmas that was similar to the one we got for my now 8 month old son. I couldn't look at the picture too long or read the story. I was visibly in tears in the lunch room.
Yesterday was Red and Black day. Those are the colours of Canterbury, the province in which the quake happened. We are raising money and people are opening their hearts and homes. This is the country we forgot we were. I am so thankful that we got help in and deployed Army, Police and other emergency services immediately and there are very few that haven't received assistance. When you compare it to Haiti or New Orleans then I feel fortunate to be a Kiwi.
I am thankful for my brother and his family being safe. But my heart is heavy and my country is hurting. Thank you to all other nations including US, Australia, UK, Taiwan, China, Japan, Singapore and those others that sent people, money and equipment.
Rise up Christchurch. We are all with you.
Thank you to RIG - I know I've been away a while but you all reminded me why I joined.
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|Subject: Re: Kia Ora from New Zealand Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:50 am|| |
I know many in my guild donated, and many from the TOR community did too
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|Subject: Re: Kia Ora from New Zealand Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:44 pm|| |
Just glad your safe mate.
What happened was terrible, and I truly do feel for anyone who was unforuanate enough to loose someone, and for those who lost those two small babies, thats heartbreking beyond belief
I wish all my Kiwi brethren the very best, and to let you know my thoughts are with you all.
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