Hand- made gifts, sent from the Assistant Governor Debra Bell on behalf of the
Rotorua Sunrise Rotary Club, brightened up the lives of several Christchurch
Hospital patients seriously injured in the February 22 earthquake.
Christchurch Hospital customer services manager Joy Sixtus
says 10 beautiful quilts and some bunnies – “made with love” since the quake –
were given to patients yesterday; recipients included two young Japanese women
who were all smiles despite both suffering from a number of different injuries.
The Rotary Club’s wishes were for the foreign nationals
caught up in the quake to receive the gifts but many of those victims have
already returned to their own country.“One quilt in particular was made
especially for a young Japanese man who lost a limb and although he has been
discharged, I will endeavour to have the Japanese Embassy team get this to him,”
Mrs Sixtus says.
Although most of the children hurt in the quake are no longer
in hospital, or have been transferred to Starship Hospital, other sick children
in the paediatric ward will still take great comfort from these bunnies.
Mrs Sixtus says the gifts were a lovely gesture and the
Rotary Club needs to be acknowledged.
The other gifts have been distributed to:
young women in ICU who lost limbs
Canadian couple who were both seriously injured
seriously injured who lost her daughter in the quake
seriously injured women with spinal injuries
quilt for a young mother with a spinal injury.
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