9 April 2011

Celebrities send their support to the people of Christchurch

Cyclist Lance Armstrong, tennis player Serena Williams, Landon Donovan of the US Men’s National Soccer Team, Pete Townshend of The Who  apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas, Jeff Probst, host of ‘Survivor’, Actor Jesse Williams, Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, and Kiwi Phil Keoghan, host of  ‘The Amazing Race, have all sent their support to the people of Christchurch.

They have all teamed up to create a video encouraging people to help by contributing to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

The video titled ‘Christchurch Stay Strong’ was organised by Sarah Robb-O’Hagan, a New Zealander who is now the Chief Marketing Officer of Gatorade, and Phil Keoghan. You can view it at the below link.


Mark Weldon, the Prime Minister’s personal representative on the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, said the Appeal would help to relieve hardship, rebuild communities and create opportunities for the city to flourish again.

“We’re grateful that we’ve got people of this calibre and international standing lending their support in such a powerful way, and we hope that it inspires more people.”

"With Christchurch now heading into winter, it's more important than ever that fundraising efforts continue," he said.

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal has now topped $54 million to rebuild the Christchurch community, including donations pledged.

“We have already seen extraordinary generosity from around the world,” said Mr Weldon. “Money has come in from school mufti days, sausage sizzles and cake stalls, fundraising concerts and some fantastic displays of corporate citizenship. People have gone to huge efforts to raise money to rebuild Christchurch.

 “The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal will channel 100 cents of every dollar directly into Christchurch communities. It will rebuild places and spaces at the heart of communities.”