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Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Relief Appeal

On February 22nd, 2011, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 struck 10 kilometres south-east of Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island, causing the death of more than a hundred people with several hundred still unaccounted for. This tragic event occurred just months after another earthquake, of 7.1 magnitude, struck Canterbury causing substantial damage to the region.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has called the latest disaster 'New Zealand's darkest day" and declared a national state of emergency. New Zealand has not seen a natural disaster of this dimension since the massive 7.8 Napier earthquake struck Hawke's Bay in 1931. Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, recognised the scale of this terrible disaster with an AU$5million donation to assist with the recovery operation.

With our New Zealand personnel and clients in the region, Kestral has shown its support by donating to the Christchurch relief effort. We would urge our employees, clients and business partners to donate as well. If you would like to help out, please donate to the Red Cross from their website here.

On behalf of the staff and management of Kestral, our best hopes go out to everyone in the Christchurch and Canterbury regions whose lives have been shattered in one way or another, those who have been injured and especially to the families of the deceased.

We wish a miraculously fast recovery to the city of Christchurch and its people and to the people of New Zealand. To the families of those who lost their lives, we extend our deepest sympathies ' our hearts go out to you all.