Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bolder gestures

A little while ago I donated a painting to my daughter's school fun fair - the painting I used for my blog header as it happens. After last Tuesday, I emailed the PTA and asked could funds be redirected to Christchurch. I am really pleased to report that all funds, including those raised by the auction of my painting on the 11th March will go to Christchurch. And it seems that even people in Christchurch are not letting Tuesday's tragedy keep them down - what do you make of this? 

16 comments:

Leslie Morgan said...

What could a really sincere, honest, fairly poor American do? If you'll tell me,I'll do it - in spades. How do I help? I'm not rich. But maybe in comparison . .

Rachel Fenton said...

You've already done it, Les, in truck loads; you've cared. I'm poor, too. I don't have long hair for a sense of style; I can't afford to have it cut!

That's my truthful answer - want to know my acid one? Go make rich friends!

Thomas Taylor said...

I'm glad to hear about the painting, Rachel. I hope it goes for a good sum!

As for the garden feature, all I can say is sometimes all you can do is laugh. Humour takes us all somewhere we'd rather be, if only for a moment.

Dave King said...

Brilliant. And I loved the advice to Leslie! Ideas to help are popping up everywhere, it's good to see - more so than has been the case re past disasters, I think.

Lori said...

That is wonderful, Rachel. That is such a tragedy out there. There was a really big earthquake in Romania the year after my birth and I have heard stories of the destruction it created all my life. People were completely marred by it for life.

Rachel Fox said...

Terrifying business. My brother was pretty close to it - but luckily is OK.
x

WOMEN RULE WRITER said...

Rachel - a lovely gesture on your behalf.

Kudos to the rock auctioneer for retaining humour. It's a pretty grim situation and I'm sure it has made the day-to-day where you are surreal and sad. We are thinking of you all over here. N x

Rachel Fenton said...

Thomas - Thanks, I'll let you know about the painting.
The boulder ad reminded me of a newspaper cartoon.


Dave - Thank you. Everyone here just wants to help. There are students from Christchurch going to my daughter's school now - everybody knows somebody.


Lori - I hadn't known about that but can well imagine the lasting trauma/memories people would carry.


Rachel - I thought of your brother and was glad he was safe. It is scary - even all the way up here in Auckland; my daughter's scared.



Nuala - thanks - it's the one thing I could do - as for the humour, it's such a kiwi thing.

helencaldwell said...

How generous of those people. They have a hole in their house but they're raising money for the earthquake relief fund.

It's great that the money made from the sale of your painting is also going to help the people in Christchurch.

Rachel Fenton said...

The money from the painting and all the other auction items donated to the school will go to rebuilding Christchurch's schools.

New Zealanders are pulling together and showing what they're made of, Helen - humour is what kiwis excel at!

Kass said...

How wonderful you were able to do something to help. It is a lovely painting. Glad it still exists as your header.

Love the humor in the 'Trade Me' ad.

Rachel Fenton said...

Hey, Kass - it feels good to do something, however small - thank you - let's hope someone else loves the painting, for Christchurch.

Merc said...

Good stuff, Rachel. I felt very close to the land of the long white cloud due to my daughter´s adventures there. I am sure that in more ways than one, New Zealand has not only shown her its beauties but also the empathy that reigns there.

Rachel Fenton said...

I hope your daughter had a fabulous time, Merc, and that she tells everyone she knows to visit once the dust has settled. I'm sure Christchurch will welcome the tourism.

helencaldwell said...

Bolder gestures! I only just got that now :)

Rachel Fenton said...

Ah, Helen, now you can go back and read the other post titles and try to work them out!