I was listening to National Radio the other day when someone suggested to host, Jim Mora, that what Christchurch needed was a few series of "Mucking In". The beautiful thing is... it's already happening - self-generated and self-propelled.
Chch residents are mucking in already, helping out their neighbours, joining the UC volunteer student army (facebook link), or just stopping by wherever they figure they're needed. As I type this I am currently tired and sore but also feeling more hopeful about the fate & future of this city... and just a little virtuous after some good old-fashioned volunteer labour.
My son's Scout troop, like many, is based in a church hall. The church grounds and carpark had been hit by liquifaction as a result of Tuesday's shake and the Scout leader thought it would be useful if scouts & family members could help clear it up. So after a quick stop at The Warehouse to buy some gumboots, the boy and I headed across town to Spreydon to join the cleanup crew. One bonus of being up and about nice & early was that the queues at the petrol stations had yet to build up so I got some sorely-needed gas without having to wait 2 hours.
We also have discovered yet another reason to contact our insurance company... my man's car got shunted into the garage shelving unit during the quake and needs some repairs. For some reason I haven't parked my car under cover since the quake...
I know one woman at uni who hasn't taken the elevator since the September quake, in a building that has 6 floors. Every time her presence was required on a different floor, she took the stairs. At our meet&greet just last week, we were joking about her reluctance to use the lift. I can already hear her saying "I told you so..."
Some linky things for today:
On 2 wheels thru Chch
There goes the neighbourhood - Joe Bennett in Lyttelton
a friend's pics from Tuesday