Christchurch – our thoughts are with you

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 23 Feb 2011 at 08:21
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Every so often, something happens to put our rabid love of rugby into perspective and with Christchurch in New Zealand having suffered devastating losses, in terms of life as well as property and possessions as a result of Tuesday’s earthquake I think it’s only right that we take a few moments to show our support.

I’m sure we all have friends, family or acquaintances in Christchurch, owing to that region’s great love of the sport so dear to our hearts and the fact that, like them or not, their team, the Crusaders, has set the the benchmark in Super Rugby ever since the tournament began. Seeing such a great city, a great people and a great team laid low by such an awful natural disaster really does bring home exactly how fragile all of our existence here is and how truly fortunate we are to be able to debate – or even obsess about – rugby, without needing to worry too much about food, warmth, shelter and all the other basics that we so often take for granted.

I’d like to urge all of us to take a minute or two and spare a thought for those affected by the quake – say a prayer, if that’s your thing – and if there is any meaningful way you can donate something, be it money, time, or something else, to the relief efforts, please do so. To our Kiwi readers in particular, especially any who may have lost loved ones, our most heartfelt sympathise and sincerest condolences.


  • It truly is heartbreaking to watch. My thoughts and prayers go out to all.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.02.11 08:25:52 by billy Reply
  • Rob, Thanks for putting this up. Saw this on the news yesterday. Looked yesterday at NZ Herald at photos of this quake. Really devastating for some of the people there. Really feel for the people in Christchurh. I put something in a post on keo yesterday, but of course it would go missing there. So really pleased you put this up. RT also has something on it from yesterday.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people in Christchurch.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.02.11 08:45:13 by Puma Reply
  • My Thoughts and prayers are with all the people of Christchurch

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.02.11 09:02:17 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
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  • footage of the damage left behind by the disaster šŸ™

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.02.11 09:04:50 by Poisy Reply
  • It’s rather devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with the people from Christchurch.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.02.11 09:05:30 by Ice Reply
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  • Condolences to the people of Christchurch, it really looks bad.

    Wonder what Jade Stadium looks like?

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.02.11 09:11:09 by Original Champion Reply
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  • In one of the video taken during the quake people are walking around totally dazed and shocked, exactly like when the WTC came down in New York. Our hearts goe out to everyone affected and our thoughts are with you.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.02.11 09:32:34 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Be strong, People of NZ and specifically Christchurch! I have watched footage of your pain and pray that you find the strength to rise above it. šŸ˜„

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.02.11 09:33:52 by diablo Reply

  • Our prayers go out to all those affected by the quake. šŸ™

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.02.11 09:45:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I feel for the good people of NZ, I feel for Christchurch – may you come back stronger than ever. My deep condolences to those who have lost loved ones and fellow peers. Words fail at a time like this. You are a beautiful people, and a beautiful city…

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.02.11 10:05:30 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • My heart bleeds for Christchurch and her people, and for all of those affected by the devastating earthquake. But I remain sure that New Zealanders will rise above this tragedy and demonstrate to all and sundry what incredible people they are. You are all in my prayers. God bless.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.02.11 10:24:23 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • Thinking of all the citizens of Christchurch. Be strong.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.02.11 10:26:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • New Zeland…we all know your strength lies in your faith….God protect you at this time of need…Christchurch will rise beautiful as ever.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.02.11 10:40:57 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • My condolences and best wishes to all of New Zealand. Blessed be thy future šŸ™

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.02.11 11:32:49 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • On Dan Carters Official page on FB is a link on “how to help” if anyone is looking for a way to assist!

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.02.11 11:49:58 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 15) : please post a link if you can.

    Strangely enough, I am not a Carter fan on Facebook šŸ™‚

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.02.11 12:16:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : šŸ˜Æ wille see what I can do!

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.02.11 12:35:09 by Ice Reply
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  • Here’s the link:

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.02.11 12:40:06 by Ice Reply
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  • Sorry so late been so busy šŸ˜³

    These are not nice times at all my heart and thoughts go out to all in Christchurch we are all family of rugby in some way šŸ˜‰

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.02.11 21:19:47 by chaz Reply


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