The call is out for southerners to don their aprons, crank up their ovens and bake for their Canterbury mates.

Rex McDonald and his wife, Vicki, like all New Zealanders, have been distraught at the events that unfolded in Christchurch after last week’s devastating earthquake and devised a culinary plan to help.

Borrowing an idea from Vicki McDonald’s cousin in Kaiapoi, they and their friends Mike and Wendy Whibley have organised the “Bake for Quake” to deliver home-baked goods to Christchurch.

Rex McDonald said they watched in horror as the February 22 quake and its aftermath kept a relentless grip on the Christchurch people.

The plan is to get as many people as possible to donate cakes, slices and biscuits, to be delivered by McDonald to Christchurch next week.

He will be driving his 4WD vehicle to Christchurch on Tuesday and hopes to have enough food to take a laden trailer too.

Drop-off points have been made available for anyone who wanted to bake something, the stipulation being that the items should be able to keep for more than a week.

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