By Deanna Harris
Robin Williams will be the toast of Christchurch this weekend, after deciding to donate 100 percent of the profit from his upcoming show to those affected by September’s earthquake.
“It is devastating what has happened in Christchurch but from what I have learnt, the people there are incredibly resilient,” says Mr Williams.
The world famous comedian will be in Christchurch this Friday to star in his stand-up comedy tour Weapons of Self Destruction.
Half of the money will go to the Red Cross and the other half to the Mayoral building fund.
“The first quake of 7.1 would have been traumatic enough but I understand that since then, the people of Christchurch have experienced close to 3,000 after-shocks. That is an unimaginable trauma to have to endure.
“I hope this donation will go some way to helping the extensive rebuilding effort in the city,” says Mr Williams.
Over $19 million has been donated so far to the Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake Fund.
Meanwhile the New Zealand-UK Society gave $15,000 to Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker yesterday to go towards the earthquake clean-up.
Society president Michelle Marsh says the money was raised in London from public donations, the New Zealand Society Charity Fund, the New Zealand Business Women’s Network and the society’s quiz night and Kiwi Oktoberfest events.
"As a Kiwi, it’s been great to fly back home and give this money that people have donated in London. Bob Parker seems a good guy and I’m sure that money will help a little bit somewhere,” says Ms Marsh.
Limited tickets are still available for the Weapons of Mass Destruction, Christchurch show at www.ticketek.co.nz or 0800 TICKETEK (842 538).
source: newshub archive