Please note: President Angela McLeod personally replies to each message….
President, B.P.W. South Australia.
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:16:57 +1300
To all BPW members out there.
Thank you for all your concerns only now after the four day 20% of us have not got power or water .People are getting quiet stress about this it is only natural .However the sewage is a problem it will not be right for quiet a few months . Some people are leaving Christchurch for a little holiday but others are in it for the long term rebuild . Its the old saying you do not no what so good until you can not have it .Like a shower or bath we have been told to conserve water . But most people are looking after each other well.
Thankyou for your concern
Past President of BPW Christchurch
You and our NZ members have been much in our thoughts since we found out about the devastating shock of the past week.
There will no doubt be ramifications to your nation in the coming years as NZ begins to rebuild.
The human endurance and spirit of the people will prevail and give strength to a nation that we hold so dear.
Warm wishes to you and our members of the New Zealand Federation.
Dear President Angela;
All our suppurt from Africa.
Dear God Bless you and your Members and you have our Prayers.
Huguette AKPLOGAN DOSSA
Africa Regional Coordinator 2008-2011
> BPW International
Hello, I hope this is getting through to Angela McLeod as president of BPW in New Zealand.
My name is Sue and I am the national president of BPW in the UK. We have all been so shocked to hear of the tragedy in Christchurch that I felt I must write to offer you our sympathy and support in these dire days. I realise that you live some way away in the North Island, but even so I know there is a club in Christchurch and fear for the safety of those there. Please will you pass on our condolences as many will no doubt have known those who died and may themselves be affected by this awful event.
My home club of Morpeth is actually twinned with BPW Warkworth and so feel sure they too will need to know the whole of the Uk are thinking of you all.
I spent a little time in Christchurch and remember it with great affection. On a personal level it is always chilling to realise that I stayed in the hotel that is collapsing and walked the streets which have virtually disappeared. I am sure though that BPW New Zealand women are strong women and that the town will rise again. Please let us know here in the UK how things are going and pass on our love to everyone affected.
Best wishes, Sue
Sue Ashmore President BPW UK Ltd
On behalf of North America and Caribbean members, I would like to say that we were shocked to hear of the earthquake and hope that the worst is over for you and the members.
I have just arrived in Jamaica and the members here send their prayers as well.
Just had a call from the previous president of BPW Christchurch. All is well with her, Linda, Judith and Trish. No water or power but well. It was lovely to hear from her.
Dear President Angela,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the New Zealand members during this difficult time.
Finance Director 2008-2011
I have heard of the earthquake news, I send my deepest sympathy to you all from Mexico and on behalf of the Latin American BPW members
You and your members are in our prayers.
Dr. Yasmin Darwich
Regional Coordinator, Latin America
and Spanish Speaking Caribbean .
I cannot imagine what it must be like in New Zealand present as I
watched part of the news coverage during the day and it reduced me to
tears. I know that our members will want to do something principally
through BPW New Zealand. Can you let me know if BPW Zealand sets up an
> I have heard of the
> earthquake news, I send my deepest sympathy to you all from Mexico
> and on behalf of the Latin American BPW members
> You and your members are in our
> Warm regards.
> Dr. Yasmin Darwich
> Coordinator, Latin America
> and Spanish Speaking Caribbean .
Dear Angela, Yamin,
Thank you Angela for your news about members in Christchurch and thank
you Yasmin for your thoughts and prayers from Mexico.
Dear President Angela,
We have been heavily engaged with the Leaders Summit and CSW In New York and have not been able to watch television.
I just found out today about the earthquake in New Zealand
On behalf of myself , 2nd Vice President Freda Miriklis and the remaining executive board members who have not corresponded we wish to express our concern to those affected by this disaster.
We know that all the BPW sisters worldwide especially those in Haiti and Pakistan join us in thinking about you.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with you and all the members in New Zealand during this difficult time.
With Kind Regards
International President 2008-2011
From: Gabriella Canonica ¦ 1st Vice President BPW International
I did receive your first and second message, thank you very much.
Still the pictures on TV are showing the great disaster and makes me very concerned, thinking of all the sorrow in your country.
Please accept again my deepest thoughts.
I am in New York, busy with tight schedule, especially for tomorrow with
my workshop on migrant women issues. My prayers are with you and all
Dear Angela – how are you?
Does Christchurch have a BPW group?
Our Central Coast club is having the International Candle Lighting function on March 14. We always have a raffle of an International “Flavour” and donate the funds raised.
We would like to donate the $$ to the Chch earthquake victims and can give it to you in person at the Auckland conference on April 2. We will leave it to your discretion how it should be distributed but I do remember fundraising for the likes of Sarajevo and the women have needed products such as personal toiletries, anything to give them some confidence back – what do you think?
All the very best for NZ – lots of tears are being shed here as I feel quite helpless.
Have a lovely day in The Coolest Little Capital in the World!
BPW Central Coast
Many, many thanks. NZ is such a small place and we will all shed a tear at some stage
We currently have one individual member and I have managed to contact three members of our former Christchurch club. They have only recently gone in to recess and whilst we don’t have a club – we have to support them.
We are waiting to see what is needed after the search and rescue teams have done their bit and so by the time of conference we will have a plan.
Thanks so much for your support and thanks too for your thoughts and prayers.
We will hug each other on April 2nd
President BPW NZ
The news about Christchurch is terrible as I just heard the 65 people are dead. Anything and I mean anything that BPW Australia can do for you please let know.
Our hearts are with you
BPW Australia President
Many thanks Marilyn.
It really is quite devastating and of course we are saturated with constant news. I have been in contact with four of our BPW sisters in Christchurch and they are all okay and keeping in touch with each other.
At this point we are waiting to hear the next steps once search and rescue have done their bit. Then we will know what we can do.
Thanks ever so much for thinking of us and I will keep in touch.
President BPW NZ
Our love and thoughts are with you all – Gillian BPW South Australia. What can we do please – let Marilyn and any of us know.
With all my heart goes out to those who have suffered from the recent earthquake.
I want the pain and loss are the least possible.
Subject: New Zealand Earthquake
Dear Angela & BPW NZ Members
I am so very saddened by the devastation that has occurred in Christchurch
My thoughts and prayers are with you, your members and your loved ones during these troubled times.
Susan M Jones
Oceania Sub Regional Coordinator, 2008-2011
Many thanks Susan.
It really is quite devastating for such a small country as ours – there will be many affected in our wider communities and whänau. I reiterate Chris’s email – we really do appreciate your concern for us.
We will keep in touch
President BPW NZ
I am pleased to hear that the CHCH ladies are ok. We have been thinking about help we can offer and have registered with Housing NZ to take on anyone who needs or wants to leave the area. The phone number to register is 0800 435 700. Maybe that could go out to all our members with encouragement to register any free rooms or homes we have.
I also wondered if you were able to extend the invitation via those CHCH ladies to contact me if they or someone they know wants to get out for a while. I have 2 smallish rooms with lots of warmth and love in a rural area, if anyone wants to take advantage. I would be happy to contribute a couple of the $50 airfares as well if that was needed to facilitate departure.
Bay of Plenty
Subject: my deepest sympathy
I am incredibly saddened by the news of the earthquakes and the devastation caused to so many
I can only hope all of your loved ones and BPW members are safe from harm
Not that I can do anything of consequence but to say my thoughts and prayers are with all of you
I know that we have a couple of New Zealanders here at CSW and while I don’t have their contact details, I do send them my support and will do whatever asked to help them – please let them know
With warmest thoughts and concern
Judith van Unen
Director / Joint CEO
Justice Equality Rights Access International Ltd