Fatal Christchurch Earthquake – I Need Your Help!

Feb 22

This is a personal message from me to my subscribers, readers and online friends.

Today is a sad day for my country, New Zealand. One of our major cities, Christchurch, has been struck by a devastating earthquake which occurred today at 12:51pm. It has so far claimed the lives of 64 people. Hundreds of others are still missing or trapped under rubble. The city looks like a war-zone and is in chaos right now. This follows another huge quake in September last year which measured 7.1 on the Richter Scale.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMzKtaeAAqY

Details seem to have already made it to all the major news sites but if you want to know the latest on this horrific disaster, you can click here.

Fortunately offerings of help have poured in from all over the globe. As I sit here though, I can’t help but feel a tad helpless. I live in Wellington which is approximately 300km away from Christchurch so there is no damage here. But New Zealand is a very small country with a population of just under 4.5 million.

At this early stage, I am unsure of the best way for me to donate money so that it goes to those who really need it. However I will definitely be doing so as soon as details of the best charities are published.

In the meantime, I have decided to ask for your help too.

OPTION 1) For the next 48 hours I will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the following products to those who are affected by this terrible disaster.

Success Mindset Memberships

Adsense Alive

PlatinumSlideIn

I may add more products to this list but right now my mind is a blur as I watch the TV in horror.

OPTION 2) The Red Cross have now added to their website the option of making a donation specifically for the “2011 Earthquake Appeal.”

If you prefer, you can make a direct donation there (link below). ANY donations would, I am sure, be greatly appreciated.

http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate

Please, if you CAN help, I would appreciate it very much. I know that the people of Christchurch will too!

EVEN IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO DONATE, PERHAPS YOU COULD POST THIS MESSAGE ON TWITTER OR YOUR BLOG?

I’d really appreciate any help you can offer.

Aaron

19 comments

  1. OMG, what happened? again, i’m in tear with you guy down there in christchurch NZ, sad day get well soon.new zealander are strong people.

  2. Cliff Dean /

    Hi,

    Please accept my sincere sympathy for all those involved in this disaster.

    I will donate as soon as you email your directions.

    Much sympathy,

    C D

  3. Hey Aaron, we’re praying for the city of Christchurch and for all the victims and their loved ones, and those that lost loved ones in this terrible earthquake. We’re just thankful that you and your family are far away and that you weren’t affected.

  4. Aaron,

    We are so thankful you and your family are o.k.

    My heart goes out to all those who have been affected in this tragedy.

    Absolutely, Tom and I will help and be glad to do so.

    If you need anything else, please just ask.

    Dev

  5. My heart and those of my family are aching for your tragedy, we hope and pray for everyone caught up in this terrible disaster.
    Stay safe and strong, we can only do a small amount to help and this is really not enough.
    god bless
    Gilly

  6. Hey Aaron,

    I am numbed by the catastrophe that has struck your beautiful country. I actually feel close to tears as i write this because of the pain, suffering and hardship to come that you wonderful people have and are going to experience in the coming days, weeks and months.

    My family and i are keeping the New Zealand people in our prayers and close to our hearts.

    God Bless and keep you all in His ever loving care!

    Michael

  7. Hi Aaron, Just read your message and Im shocked and deeply saddened.. I was hoping to visit Christchurch later this year from Germany and was so looking forward to the trip since so many friends has told me how lovely NZ is…. a few have moved there permanently. Now all we can do is pray that the death toll wont rise and that global help will arrive soon. I have of course tweeted your link.
    Thank God you and your family are safe..
    Im here to help, so just ask… you have helped so many of us for so long… will certainly spread the word on facebook too!
    Best to you in this difficult moment,
    Will

  8. Aaron, as I sat and watched the horror in the eyes of the people caught in Christchurch last night I thought about you and your family and hoped that you were all safe. I am very happy to hear you and the family are fine but very hurt to see the pain and anguish of the ones that were so affected by the buildings coming down. I’m sure that 1,000’s are going to be affected.

    I’ll be doing my best to help monetarily and also pass on this message via Twitter, Facebook and blogs.

    Keep us posted on when a suitable donation point is found.

    Hang in there buddy!
    Daryl

  9. Thank you so much too all who have helped so far. Rest assured that all profits from the purchase of the products listed from me since I posted my update, WILL go to a charity that will directly support the people of Christchurch.

    I am currently waiting for the Red Cross to update their website so that I can advise how people can donate directly to the Christchurch earthquake relief if they prefer. I understand that this will be done today at some point. I will advise as soon as I know more.

    Many of your have tweeted about my post, donated or just sent me a friendly email.

    Thanks once again for your support, loyalty and assistance. I really do appreciate as will the people of Christchurch I am sure.

    Aaron

  10. I thought of you and a couple others when i saw the news this morning, and i’m glad you’re alright, and I hope you raise a few bucks to help…

  11. I posted on my Facebook wall… I just can’t believe they’ve been hit this way AGAIN, especially after such a short time. Bless you for doing this, and my heart goes out to everyone touched by this disaster.

  12. Hi Aaron,
    I could hardly believe my eyes as I watch the news channels here in Australia.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch.

    Have posted a link to your site in my blog.

    Cheers mate.
    Bryan

  13. Prayers is all I could offer. Keep praying for God to protect us. Let’s also help save our planet. She’s aching and we’re getting affected too. Solutions at http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/multimedia/goodies/green-guide/

  14. Wishing you and others the best of luck from Canada. Chins up and stay strong through these tough times.

  15. Kia ora Aaron
    My heart aches for the people of Newzealand.
    I’m glad you’re ok.
    I know this is not much.
    It is the least I could do for now.
    Stay safe and God bless.
    sincerely,
    James

  16. word of caution everyone should only donate to genuine sites Sorry dude but there are disgustingly some robbers setting up net and email scams already to gain money from this tragedy.

  17. Hi Rachel

    Good advice. :-)

    I agree with you re there are some real “low-lifes” out there right now – even looters etc robbing people’s houses who have been victim of this terrible disaster. I don’t see how people can do something like that in such a terrible time in many people’s lives. That is why I posted the link to the Red Cross as soon as they setup the Earthquake appeal fund. But I also wanted to help in my own way which is why I decided to donate 100% of the profits from a few of my product to the Red Cross. That meant that some of my overseas customers (who may not have donated directly) could purchase a product from me whilst at the same time, have their money go to charity.

    Aaron

  18. Gareth /

    G’day Aaron,
    Just a quick note from a fellow kiwi. I own a company that is involved in the transportation of fresh foods to Christchurch. Since it happened all of my trucks have been working 24/7 taking milk, bread and other supplies down from Auckland. I have seen the devastation first hand. What you see on TV shows a certain amount, but it can not show the human devastation of people who have lost all they own, house, furniture their life and livlihood. But we Kiwis are resilient people. NOTHING will keep us down. Damage at this point is estimated to be around 20 Billion dollars

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