The series on volunteers mucking in for The Concert project continues with young and old combining to colour Christchurch's empty spaces.
Thousand of flowers have been planted in empty Christchurch sites to brighten up the city centre.
Eighteen Rotary clubs from Canterbury gathered on Saturday to plant over 10,000 flowers in Christchurch in a follow-up to last year's successful Colour-Me-Christchurch project.
Members of the Student Volunteer Army helped hundreds of Rotary members plant 5000 petunias and 4000 square metres of wildflower seeds supplied by the Rotary Club.
Sixteen hundred sunflowers, donated by the Ashburton Council, were also planted in the 14 different sites chosen in an effort to brighten up the city.
The corner of Papanui and Blighs roads received a particularly bright makeover, with an 1100-square-metre block of open land planted with flowers.
The Colour-Me-Christchurch initiative began last year when 700 flower baskets and 2000 smaller versions were assembled by the Ashburton community and distributed around Cashel Mall.
Walter van der Kley, the Ashburton Rotarian behind the Colour-Me-Christchurch idea, said it was just another way for the community to help out Christchurch.
"We hope other communities get involved," van der Kley said.
"We're just trying to spearhead it."
The Rotary Club has donated more than $3m to Canterbury schools, community groups and causes to help Christchurch overcome earthquake-related obstacles.
District governor Gordon Hooper said projects like The Concert unearthed the young volunteers that would make up service clubs like Rotary in the future.
"It gives them an intro to how and why they should help out with community activities," he said.
"It's absolutely timely because when I look at the grey hair in Rotary at the moment, we're all ageing and we need to be looking to replenish our membership."
Young people were being given the chance to prove they were more than just a "me generation", Hooper said.
"The change is coming now with seeing all these young folk doing this work. It's taken forward-thinking people like [Concert founder] Sam [Johnson] to identify that and go out and do something about it," he said.
"We tend to generalise young folk and think they're all a bunch of yahoos, but at the end of the day they're bloody decent folk and they just need the opportunity to do something."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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