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Relief in Christchurch.... the "Farmy Army" is here!

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It's bad...far worse than before. But if you had to go through a disaster in your lifetime a great place to do it is in New Zealand.

One of the tourists made the comment on the news that nobody waited for a motion in parliment....they just got in and helped.

 

Ex-Prime Minister of NZ, Helen Clarke (now based in New York and working for the UN) visited Christchurch yesterday. She

also visited Haiti to help out after that earthquake and says the damage is just as bad.

 

The difference is the surrounding natural resources (water, food) and of course the people themselves. There was even a

group called the Rangiora Earthquake Express that choppered in hot food and other supplies to the worst hit areas. They paid for this using personal

credit cards and donations. Freakin awesome! I want neighbours like that.

 

 

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/...dent-volunteers

'Farmy army' joins student volunteers

SAM SACHDEVA AND NZPA

 

On tractors and armed with packed lunches and shovels, volunteers young and old are flooding into Christchurch from around the country to help with the quake relief effort.

 

They include hundreds of farmers from around the region – described by Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker as "the farmy army" – and students, doctors and volunteer firefighters from around the country.

 

They were helping to clear up quake damage and distribute much-needed supplies to residents of stricken areas.

 

Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson said farmers had a lot to offer.

 

"Farmers not only bring labour but a set of skills built up over a lifetime, and it's great that they have banded together to help out fellow Kiwis in a time of horrific tragedy," he said.

 

Working alongside the farmers are thousands of students who make up the Student Volunteer Army – formed after the September 4 earthquake, when hundreds of Canterbury University students helped residents to clean up the worst-affected suburbs.

 

Group founder Sam Johnson said more than 3000 people had taken part in the latest volunteer effort since it began on Thursday.

 

"Instead of having five people spending a day on one property, we have 20 people spending one or two hours. It's a big morale-booster."

 

Group members were meeting regularly with Civil Defence, Fulton Hogan and City Care to determine which parts of the city they should visit.

 

Mr Johnson said the group had received donations of food and supplies from all over the country, as well as a $20,000 grant from the Youth Development Ministry.

 

In North Canterbury, an estimated 400 volunteers rolled up their sleeves at Rangiora Racecourse to co-ordinate donations streaming in from across the region.

 

People from North Canterbury and other parts of the country were arriving in force, trailers and boots loaded up with essentials including toilet paper, nappies, baking, fruit and vegetables, cooked meals and bottles of water.

 

These supplies were then packaged up into care boxes for families and the earthquake support centres in Christchurch and delivered by helicopter.

 

One local man had done six round trips with his car and trailer to the Rangiora New World supermarket, where shoppers had given him food to take back.

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It's bad...far worse than before. But if you had to go through a disaster in your lifetime a great place to do it is in New Zealand.

One of the tourists made the comment on the news that nobody waited for a motion in parliment....they just got in and helped.

 

Ex-Prime Minister of NZ, Helen Clarke (now based in New York and working for the UN) visited Christchurch yesterday. She

also visited Haiti to help out after that earthquake and says the damage is just as bad.

 

The difference is the surrounding natural resources (water, food) and of course the people themselves. There was even a

group called the Rangiora Earthquake Express that choppered in hot food and other supplies to the worst hit areas. They paid for this using personal

credit cards and donations. Freakin awesome! I want neighbours like that.

 

 

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/...dent-volunteers

That’s fantastic to hear. Perhaps nowadays, in our comfortable lives, it takes a real problem for the good people to act.

 

It’s easy to think that everyone is out for themselves, but there are, I believe, huge numbers of good people that mostly keep to themselves for fear being called interfering busy bodies etc.

 

A friends house recently burned down. Within 2 hours the locals had got together and sorted shelter, clothes, money and even wrapped presents for the kids (just before xmas). Having only lived in the area a short time, they were stunned and humbled by the generosity of strangers.

 

 

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