Whilst it obviously won’t bring back destroyed houses or families, Lion Breweries is hoping they might bring more joy back to the lives of Cantabrians with a Trade Me charity auction.
One year on from the first of a series of devastating earthquakes that hit Christchurch, many residents are still doing it tough. Hundreds have lost their parents, lovers, friends and children.
The government is struggling to repair the area of Canterbury – with an estimated $4 billion in damage – since the even more shocking February 22 aftershock which registered 6.3 in magnitude.
And there’s the children, with parents in the tens of thousands seeking since seeking help for symptoms like nightmares, bed-wetting, soiling themselves, tantrums, disrupted sleep, fear of new places, a behavioural digression.
Whilst it obviously won’t bring back destroyed houses or families, an alcohol company in New Zealand is hoping they’ll bring more joy back to the lives of those more seriously effected victims.
Christchurch-based Lion Breweries employee, Gina Harper, knows well that the worst isn’t necessarily over for the long-term victims, and had an idea for a way that her employer could help to continue caring for it’s city’s people.
From this, ‘Lions for Christchurch’ was born. This Sunday to coincide with the one year anniversary, 3500 pieces of Lion Breweries merchandise will appear for sale on the site TradeMe.
The proceeds from these sales will be used to buy Orana Wildlife Park tickets for Cantabrian families who need a break to visit, amongst other animals, the company’s namesake.