Leave flowers or write messages of hope

People are invited to drop flowers in the Avon River and write messages of hope on trees today to mark the earthquake anniversary.

Healthy Christchurch River of Flowers project runs from 8am to 8pm, with 15 community-hosted sites along the banks of the Avon. People can drop flowers into the river and write messages of hope on trees.

"Each site provides an important opportunity for communities to be together, to remember, and to look to the future," said Healthy Christchurch chairwoman Evon Currie.

Avondale residents threw flowers into the river to mark the anniversary of the September 4 quake.

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Judi Clements said projects like the River of Flowers were important ways for communities to demonstrate solidarity.

"[It] encourages us all to take notice and be in the moment, which is one of the five winning ways to wellbeing that we've been promoting over the past six months.

"Other ways include connecting with others, learning, being active and giving, and there are elements of all these in this project."

The Council of Social Services will host a site in Latimer Square so people can write notes for the tree of hope and release balloons after two minutes' silence at 12.51pm.

Red Cross volunteers will be at each site from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

People are asked to bring their own flowers and notes.

The sites, open from 8am to 8pm, are:

Avondale Rd bridge (Avonside Dr); riverbank opposite Avonside Girls' High School; Beckenham Park cricket pavilion; Botanic Gardens commemorative garden (near the Peace Bell); Bexley Reserve (corner Morganwood and Wairoa Sts); Christchurch Yacht Club car park (Moncks Bay); Gayhurst Rd bridge (Avonside Dr); Medway St Footbridge (River Rd).

New Brighton's Owles Terrace Reserve and riverbank (south of the Admirals Way boat ramp); O-Tautahi - The Bricks (Barbadoes St bridge); riverbank opposite The Princess Margaret Hospital; Radley Park in Woolston (near the south end of the Catherine St footbridge); Riccarton Bush (between Kahu Rd and Riccarton House); riverbank opposite Wainoni Primary School (Eureka St); Wainoni Methodist Church (opposite Porritt Park 12.30pm-1.30pm only)

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