The Herald reports:
First, the power of nature. Now the power of Facebook.
Students are using their social networking skills to pull together a volunteer army of more than 1300 to help out the shaken Christchurch community.
An entrepreneurial Canterbury University student created a Facebook event page that brought 300 students, carrying shovels and wearing gumboots, on to the streets of Halswell and Hoon Hay ready to help affected residents yesterday.
The event page, Student Volunteer Base for Earthquake Clean Up, has 1356 people willing to help and the number is climbing rapidly as 5000 invitations are awaiting students to reply.
University student Sam Johnson created the Facebook page to gather the support of students during their extra week of holidays.
“We have a spare week to do some good for the community. It’s the perfect opportunity to come out and do something decent,” he said.
Kudos to Sam Johnson for the initiative, but equally to all the students who turned up to help. Canterbury can be very proud of its students.