Christchurch Earthquake 2011
A former Cantabrian is holding a February 22 quake memorial fundraiser in London.
Coventry-based Trevor Sutton is holding a Christchurch: A Year On event to raise funds for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal at The Ritzy cinema in London.
The evening will start with a performance by the Ngati Ranana London Maori group followed by a talk from a New Zealand High Commission representative, a minute's silence, then a screening of When a City Falls.
Sutton said the initial plan was to show the film once, but its 350 tickets sold out in a couple of days so it would be shown twice that night.
At least $20,000 would be raised by the event, which would be donated to the appeal, he said. "It's important the people of Christchurch know that we haven't forgotten them and we still care and always will."
A list of the victims would be shown at the end of the film.
Sutton, who lived in Christchurch for 12 years until 2008, hoped the evening would be a way for the Kiwi community in England to show support for the people of Christchurch. Several of his family and friends had been affected by the earthquakes, so this was his way of helping them from a distance.
After the movie people could see a copy of the city council's plans for the city.
Sutton started organising the event late last year when he realised there were no plans for a memorial in London on the first anniversary of the February 22 quake.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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