Silt used to strengthen spirit

CHARLIE GATES
Last updated 05:00 10/08/2011
STAND STRONG: Dan Batchelor is using liquefaction silt to make bricks as a fundraiser for two city rebuilding organisations.
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STAND STRONG: Dan Batchelor is using liquefaction silt to make bricks as a fundraiser for two city rebuilding organisations.

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He is not quite selling snow to Eskimos, but Dan Batchelor is selling silt to Cantabrians.

The Silty brick is made from February earthquake silt and is being sold to help rebuild Christchurch.

Batchelor, owner of paving and landscaping company Urban Paving, is selling the distinctive grey bricks for $15 each. The money raised will be donated to Greening the Rubble and Gap Filler, which aim to revitalise sites left empty by the quakes.

Batchelor has sold 80 of the bricks from his store and online, raising more than $400 each for the two organisations. The bricks are made with a mix of cement and silt collected from Hagley Park and have "Kia Kaha Chch" sandblasted into them.

Batchelor donates $11 from each $15 brick to the two organisations. The remaining $4 covers the cost of making them.

Batchelor said the idea came from a discussion with friends.

"People are really positive about them. It is a bit like selling snow to the Eskimos," he said.

"People in Christchurch have had a gutsful of silt, but this is something positive."

Gap Filler and Greening the Rubble were chosen because they were helping rebuild the city centre, he said.

"They are connected to landscaping and they are positive about the city and contributing to rebuilding Christchurch," he said.

"I like the way they are drawing people back to the city centre and making it the best we can and a good place to live."

If you would like to buy a Silty, visit the site by clicking here.

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