Friday, 25 February 2011

Kia Kaha Christchurch

Somehow it hasn't really seemed right to blog about the everyday goings on here at Talisman Farm since the horror quake that shook Christchurch to its core at lunchtime on Tuesday. The sheer scale of the atrocities that are facing the people of Canterbury in the wake of this event are nearly impossible to fathom and I have wept many tears as I have been swept along in the horror of it all. This sort of thing doesn't happen in our beautiful country but, it has.

So far I have managed to make contact with friends in the area and am not aware of anyone known personally to myself who is dead or missing but I have friends who have friends awaiting news of loved ones and colleagues. So small is our country that everyone here will either be affected directly or know someone who knows someone who has perished or been badly injured. The world may enjoy six degrees of separation but, it's more like two degrees in our small and close knit nation.

All I want to be able to do is help in some way but I have no skills that are required and so I sit it out, like so many, helplessly watching in complete horror as it unfolds on the TV screen before my eyes, just like some sort of hideous waking nightmare.

On Thursday I became aware of an auction that is being set up to help raise funds for Quake victims. This has given me the opportunity to offer Stallion services to the auction organisers and made me feel as if there is something, albeit small, that I can actually do to help. The website has not yet been completed but, as soon as it is, I will be sharing these details with my blog readers and anybody on facebook who cares to listen. I hope you will all support us in our efforts to raise much needed cash for those whose lives have been devastated by what is now the worst disaster in our Nation's history.

If you are reading this and have been affected personally by the horrors of the Canterbury earthquake, please accept my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences. I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through but I hope that you can find the strength that you need to pick up and carry on. You are most definitely in our hearts and minds. Kia kaha.

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