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11 March 2011 @ 07:47 pm
A bit of good news  
And goodness knows something good is very much needed, looking at the actual news emerging today.

From Vicki in Christchurch, regarding the Linwood College Orchestra Appeal: 
Our thanks to everyone who has answered our plea for support to get our NZ school orchestra across to Europe in the wake of the Feb 22 earthquake. The donations are starting to come in (around 2,000 pounds overnight!) and we have nibbles from a couple of possible sponsors whom we hope will help, so it looks like we won't have to re- mortgage our houses this month (assuming anyone would want them in the current battered state!).

We've still got quite a way to go, so anything you can do to spread the word would be very much appreciated.

Here we're running around trying to source replacement travel cases for double basses, identifying safely inspected rehearsal venues (the local workingman's club yesterday, community centre tomorrow, tent after that?), and wondering where the nearest accessible photocopier is (my wee office scanner can't cope with the masses of music and our local copy centre is mort de earthquake). Interesting challenging times.

So it's been very heartening to see so many people – many complete strangers – support our plight, and to see the donations start to rise -- I don't often sniffle into my keyboard, but I'm tearing up now. Truly worst of times, best of people stuff....

Thank you,
Vicki Hyde

Vicki is going to share updates when she can of totals that have come in, it will be a bit slow, though, because they see only the Paypal and credit card totals at their end, the larger donations going into the Trust account send their reports to the school office, which is currently only staffed sporadically. But as soon as I hear from her, I will pass it on. You chaps are all making a difference – £2000 overnight I think brings this week's total since wemyss  first raised the issue to about NZ$5000, Amazing stuff!
Brissygirl: bleeding heartbrissygirl on March 11th, 2011 09:12 am (UTC)
That's great news Brammers!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 12th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
It is!
AutumnHearti_autumnheart on March 11th, 2011 10:37 am (UTC)
That's great to hear - thanks for passing it on :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 12th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
I'll post updates as they come in, but V has her fingers crossed that they will make it. It looks as though there is a steady trickle of small donations coming through, which should be enough to get there even if some of the people who have floated larger support pull out.
Nennenenne on March 11th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
I'm really happy to hear that. :)
Shezanshezan on March 11th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
EXCELLENT! May I reproduce this at my LJ?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 12th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Yes, yes! Sorry, I meant to say as much last night, but was falling over with exhaustion.