A Canterbury District Health Board employee has raised more than $20,000 for the
Red Cross 2011 Canterbury Earthquake Appeal.
Paula Thompson, a Clinical Coder at Christchurch Hospital,
has been making red clay embossed cross pendants and selling them for $15 since
February 22 and has so far sold more than 1300.
Paula says she would not have been able to it without the
help of Christchurch business women Rowena Hobbs, of Labels of Late, who has
been selling the crosses in her Merivale store and Petra de
Geus, of Zigzag Polyner Clay Supplies,
who has donated red clay.
Rowena says the crosses have been extremely popular because
they touched people’s hearts.
“I had a lady buy one for her friend who wasn’t coping well
with the aftershocks and I’ve a had lots of people buying them for family
members living overseas who want to show their support for their fellow
Cantabrians. The coroner also bought one to wear during the inquests,” Rowena
“Paula has done an amazing job and deserves to be
acknowledged for her efforts.”
Paula says she started making the crosses in honour of her
relative, a Christchurch Red Bus driver, who was one of several people killed
when the bus he was driving was crushed by falling debris in the central city.
“The inspiration was the red of the red bus and the cross
being the symbol of my relative’s passing. I have found making them very
therapeutic. It’s also a real buzz to see people wearing them.”
Paula hopes to present a cheque to the Red Cross this month.
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