Helping Christchurch

A nice story in the Herald:

We’ve watched her dancing for charity and caring for the sick on television, and now actress is getting her hands dirty to help out -hit Canterbury. …

The 34-year-old insists it is not a publicity stunt, but a way to repay a city that has been good to her. She spent three months in last year filming “and I felt really close to the communities here”.

A very cool thing to do.

Smith tried to contact authorities in Christchurch about how she could help best, but found the city officials in “lockdown mode”. She got on a plane anyway, and when she arrived on Sunday morning, she had a contact for organiser , who had been rallying students on Facebook to help in the earthquake recovery.

Mr Johnson picked her up at the airport and she was soon on her way to Kaiapoi, a severely damaged township just north of Christchurch.

I found this very amusing. Sam seems to have morphed from just being the Facebook student co-ordinator,to the overall volunteer labour force co-ordinator – all without an office, a salary or a title.

It does show that our most valuable assets are not buildings, or money, but people.

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