TIME OF NEED: Christchurch earthquake brings Aussies and Kiwis together. Photo: AAP
TIME OF NEED: Christchurch earthquake brings Aussies and Kiwis together. Photo: AAP

Kiwi ex-pat rallies help

TWEED residents have been encouraged to donate to appeals for the Christchurch earthquake victims.

New Zealand Order of Merit recipient Pat Robson said the people of his former home town were suffering and needed Australia’s support.

The 70-year-old Murwillumbah man was yesterday bracing for the possibility that people he knew would be named as victims of the quake.

He was still frustrated at not being at his home town to help, but acknowledged there was not much he could have done if he was there anyway.

“It is a frustrating, helpless feeling, apart from the fact my body is stiff and there is not too much it can do.

“I am not sure I could lift two bricks at the moment.”

He would like to see Tweed residents help his former countrymen, if they could.

“They could donate if they can.

“It doesn’t have to be a huge amount, but those nickels and dimes add up.

“There are people in the southern side of the city that need all the help they can get.”

Mr Robson said the Kiwis might even lay off the “Aussie bashing” for a while, in appreciation of all the help Australia has provided it neighbouring country.

“It is really good to see Australia helping out so much.”

The Red Cross has started a New Zealand Earthquake Appeal. Donations can be made at www.redcross.org



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