Running for the next twelve hours is a telethon to raise funds for the Christchurch restoration project.
My readers will already know well that Christchurch, my hometown, has experienced a large earthquake last year (September 4th, magnitude 7.1) and a (large!) number of aftershocks, in particular a magnitude 6.3 event on February 22nd.
There’s interviews of people, views of the central business district which is badly damaged, entertainment.
Some items, among others, being sold (see sella.co.nz/riseup):
- a pair of Gucci shoes worn and autographed by pop singer Lady Gaga
- pop singer Katy Perry’s guitar (signed)
For those that know them, ’names’ that will be appearing include in no particular order!:
- Usher (singer)
- Rachel Hunter (model, NZer)
- Anna Paquin (Oscar-winning actress, NZer) will be amongst a crowd of other Kiwi actors and company at Hollywood including: Martin Henderson, Mark Hewlett, Chris Hobbs…
- Neil Finn (singer, of Crowded House, Split Enz)
- Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson (football manager)
- Benji Marshall (rugby league star and Kiwis team captain) with sporting guests in Australia
- Zane Lowe (radio, in England; NZer)
- Prince Edward (British Royalty; lived in NZ for a year; from recollection there is apparently 30min of time from Buckingham Palace)
- Peter Jackson (Oscar-winning movie director, Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Heavenly Creatures, The Frighteners, The Lovely Bones, etc.; NZer; this article suggests he’s made a couple of short films for the event)
- Sir Ian McKellen (actor, stars in the up-coming The Hobbit)
- Shane Cameron (boxer) and Candy Lane will take to the dance floor
Update: This long article by Cate Brett offers a perspective from three months on. It looks at the wider picture, for example mentioning the ~20,000 homes with significant damage, the social developments and so on.
I may add more details later today, if I find time.
For those from overseas ‘NZer’ is a common short-hand for New Zealander. Less to type…
My apologies for not linking to or giving credit to all the sources of the information (mostly media reports) as I usually would, as my time is very limited.
Other earthquake-related posts on Code for life: