Summer Olliver has been through a lot since Feb. Having been injured in the PGC building during the CHCH earthquake, she was badly trapped amongst the twisted concrete and steel.
Bravely rescued, and facing with her own arduous recovery, she also witnessed the stress facing many other families. From the close ties borne out of shared hospital experiences, she decided to do something for the children of the many people she had met there. Out of this came the most amazing charity held last night. The aim is for Summer to take a group of children to Auckland at Show Weekend – the Great Quake Escape! These kids being the ‘forgotten’ survivors of the Feb quake, kids who have had parents and siblings maimed or disabled living with stress unknown by many of their peers.
Hosted very generously by the Brickworks Bar and Restaurant in Opawa, the place was packed. There was an absolute mountain of donated goods & services, raffles, live and silent auctions. Bidding was ably led by Phil McGoldrick, whose wit and humour made as much for entertainment as it did fundraising.
I have yet to hear how much was raised, but it would have to be in the thousands. Well done Summer, well done to everyone who donated goods, well done to all those folk who bought goods so generously. I think I am answering my own question from earlier posts. I think that is the spirit of Canterbury.