I have recently been to Fiji after my husband won a trip through his work. While I would love to ramble on about my visit, something happened while we were there that really did kill the buzz of our extended holiday. The Canterbury Earthquake.
The first earthquake occurred back in September, so they are classing the on that happened on Tuesday 22nd February at 12:51pm as an aftershock, but unofficially it could be considered an earthquake in its own right. While the original earthquake didn’t kill people (and was bigger at 7.1 on the richter scale), this one was shallow, causing already damaged buildings to collapse, killing and injuring people in the process.
Fortunately all of my family are fine, and having checked up on friends, they seem to have survived as well. My husband’s work colleagues in Christchurch did not fear so well.
I couldn’t wait to get home. I knew there was nothing I could do, but at least being in the same country, the same island would make me feel more able to cope with the situation. When I got home, I found that a writer friend of mine, Cassie, had set up Tales for Canterbury, where she has approached NZ authors to contribute to a book, the proceeds of which will go to the Red Cross. They are hoping to get the book published by April, but details are still to come. Check out Tales for Canterbury website for more details, and progress updates, and for those of you who are on facebook, this link Tales for Canterbury will take you to their public face.
So for those of you, like me, who don’t know what to do to help out, purchase this book, and you will know that the proceeds are going to a good cause.
Thank you to Cassie and Anna for their dedication and hard work to bring this wonder idea together.