Christchuch Earthquake Disaster Appeal

March 2, 2011

Dear fellow alumni of VUW,

Immediately after the devastating earthquake hit Christchurch, some members of the VUW Alumni Association of KL contacted Richard Tankersley, Chairman of the Malaysia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (MNZCC) and also President of the University of Canterbury Alumni in Malaysia to see if we could jointly start a fund to collect donations for the earthquake victims. In the meantime the Malaysian Australian New Zealand Association had also contacted Richard offering to help. Through the good office of Richard Tankersley and the committee members of the MNZCC, and with the assistance of several alumni members, an account was quickly opened at the CIMB Bank PNB branch. The purpose of setting up this account is to make it easier for caring Malaysians and those living in Malaysia to make donations to the earthquake victims.

As part of the fund raising process, we, the MNZCC and the various NZ universities alumni associations in Malaysia are now reaching out to alumni from New Zealand universities residing in Malaysia to inform them of the establishment of this fund and also to appeal to them to donate generously towards this fund.
Please note that the fund is set up not only to collect donations from alumni. We welcome donations from anyone and everyone. We have had many calls from lay persons who have no connections with New Zealand wanting to make donations.

The account details are as follows:-
* Name of the Account : Christchurch Earthquake Disaster Fund
: Malaysia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce – acceptable.
* Account Number : 142 5000 5676 050
* CIMB Branch : CIMB Bank Berhad

1st Floor, Menara PNB
201-A, Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur

1. Send your cheque in favour of “CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE DISASTER FUND” to Malaysia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, c/o Unit 18E, Level 2, Lot 18, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

2. Pay into the “CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE DISASTER FUND” CIMB Account No. 14250005676050 and fax, email or post the pay in slip to: Malaysia New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, c/o Unit 18E, Level 2, Lot 18, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur , Tel: 6-03-2144 2422 Fax: 6-03-2144 1422 email: Contact person: Ms Alphonsa Mariadass, Executive Officer.

Receipts will be sent to all contributors who provide their names and addresses.
For detailed information on the Fund please contact:
Richard Tankersley (+60-19-221 2222, email or Teoh Lay Hock (+60-12-5005 779, email:
The Prime Minister John Key said today, Treasury's early estimate of the damage caused by last week's 6.3-magnitude quake was between $10 to $15 billion - two to three times the $5b estimated cost of September's 7.1-magnitude quake and 7 to 8 per cent of the GDP, compared to Hurricane Katrina's one per cent impact on the US economy.
At the weekend, Mr Key launched a global fund-raiser, the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Donations can be made at

Superintendent Dave Cliff told a joint media conference in the city today that the death toll had now reached 148, with more bodies expected, and that the death toll could reach 200.

Your kind support is much appreciated.
My kind regards,

Teoh Lay Hock
VUW Alumni Association of KL

Photos of some of Christchurch's hardest hit buildings
from before and after the earthquake.

[The Canterbury TV (CTV) building. Photos / Google Maps, Mark Mitchell]

Christchurch's Anglican Cathedral

[The Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Photos / Robert Cutts on Flickr, NZPA]

[The Regent Theatre. Photos / Christchurch City Libraries on Flickr, Jeremy Hitchings]

[The Provincial Chambers. Photos / Flickr user Kate's Photo Diary , Simon Baker]

[The Carlton Hotel. Photos / Christchurch Star, Getty Images]

[The Pyne Gould Corporation building. Photos / Twitter]

[Charlie B Backpackers. Photos / Supplied, Simon Baker]