Raising funds for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal: the results are in!

So remember why I went on a crazy two-week road trip around New Zealand with my friend Meagaan back in October/November?

Well, as you recall, it was all for a good cause: to raise funds for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, a charity supporting the rebuilding efforts in the form of much needed community projects.

Meagaan and I drove thousands of kilometres through the North and South Islands to raise funds for the charity. We braved grade 5 rapids in Rotorua, jet boated to the Huka Falls outside of Taupo, swam with the sharks in Auckland, bungy jumped 400 metres above Queenstown, and even jumped off a plane in Wanaka, amongst a lot of other things!

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And that’s how grateful we are for your support!

The results are in!

I can now announce that the funds we raised together have been matched by my employer, Microsoft. I am proud to say that:

Together, we have raised 2,333 NZD!!

WOOHOO!! That is an AMAZING result!!

I would like to thank all of you for your support in the form of donations, guest posts, spreading the word, and media attention! Special thanks to:

  • the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal UK for enabling online donations
  • all sponsors for participating in the Blog4NZ campaign,
  • Tourism New Zealand for additional support,
  • the Taupo Times and Canterbury Television for media coverage,
  • the organisers at Travel Generation, Dan and Nicole, and
  • Microsoft for matching the funds!

I’m looking forward to seeing more fantastic community projects in Christchurch and Canterbury and how the funds raised will translate into helping Christchurch recover; with the help of all of you, we are making a contribution to bettering the lives of Cantabrians after the earthquake.

In the meantime, let’s get those visitor numbers climbing to new heights – there’s plenty to explore in Christchurch!


Have you been to Christchurch recently? What did you get up to? Any recommendations?

Christina Hegele

About the author: Christina Hegele runs Sandal Road, a blog on her favourite destinations. It just so happened that 95% turned out to be about New Zealand. Follow Christina and her blog on Twitter, like her blog on Facebook, and subscribe to her Youtube channel. Alternatively, subscribe to her email newsletter at the top right of this blog.

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  8 comments for “Raising funds for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal: the results are in!

  1. 12 April, 2013 at 12:59

    That’s fantastic, Christina. Well done for combining fun (and scary) experiences with a worthwhile project like that.

    • Christina
      18 April, 2013 at 21:42

      Thank you Sophie for your support!

  2. 15 April, 2013 at 19:17

    That’s great news! It’s always great to make a difference and achieving some personal goals in the process is never a bad thing. I don’t know if I could have done the bungy jump!

    • Christina
      18 April, 2013 at 21:43

      The bungy was scary as, but I was determined beforehand. Getting me to skydive was much more difficult (just ask Meagaan), but it ended up being much less scary!

  3. 16 April, 2013 at 01:31

    Wow that’s great news! Congrats!

    • Christina
      18 April, 2013 at 21:43

      Thanks, Ayngelina!

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