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The Anzac spirit: an appeal in behalf of Linwood College, Christchurch NZ - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
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The Anzac spirit: an appeal in behalf of Linwood College, Christchurch NZ









El Alamein.


Monte Cassino.


The Solomons.


East Timor.


The people of New Zealand are no strangers to danger bravely faced and bravely overcome. Now, in Christchurch, men, women, and children are facing the losses and dangers at home, indomitably. They are the countrymen of Bernard Freyburg, after all.


Liberals will remember that Lieutenant-General the Right Hon. the Lord Freyburg, VC GCMG KCB KBE DSO and Three Bars, was a Liberal, a friend of Archie Sinclair’s (Lord Thurso’s) as well as of Winston’s.


Labour will recall that the New Zealanders stood with Major Attlee and Colonel Wedgwood at Gallipoli.


Conservatives cannot forget that these were the troops, so steady, so brave, whom Winston loved so dearly and relied upon so surely.


No Briton can but realise that, in peace and in war, New Zealanders, our fellow subjects, are our doughty allies and dear friends – and our family.


Anzac Day is less than two months from now.


This year, the commemoration of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for liberty will have especial significance, as that small gem of a city, Christchurch, is slowly restored, and those lost to us in the disaster are remembered.


On 22 February of this year, the Christchurch Press reported that the school orchestra of Linwood College, in Christchurch, was to perform at Westminster Abbey on Anzac Day.


On 22 February of this year, the earthquake destroyed much of Christchurch and killed over one hundred souls. Just yesterday, terribly, it was confirmed that one pupil of Linwood College was amongst these dead.


Linwood College is not a wealthy school. Its school orchestra is not a wealthy institution. Its pupils pursue music because they love it, despite there not being private lessons, despite that most of the musicians do not own their own instruments. Yet they were ready: for two years, they had busked, stocked shop shelves, sold bangers, and swept floors to raise the funds that would bring them to the orchestral stages of Salzburg, Rome, and Paris – and to their Anzac Day performance at the Abbey.


Now these pupils are many of them homeless, they are in mourning, they have lost the part-time jobs they held, and the orchestra and its instruments – well.


And yet they stand willing to go, magnificently, on, in the New Zealand tradition, and to perform at Westminster Abbey in memory of the Fallen.




If you and I and all of us help them.


It is appropriate that the New Zealander who is most likely to be better-known than, and as respected as was, Lord Freyburg, is Dame Kiri Te Kanawa ONZ DBE ANC. Proven in war, New Zealanders are proven also in the arts of peace. The rebuilding of the body of Christchurch goes on; yet this concerns its soul also.


I implore you all to contact Vicki Hyde of Christchurch, who is labouring to set up a trust to allow the Linwood pupils to attend upon the Anzac Day service at the Abbey and to perform there, at ‘vicki[AT]webcentre.co.nz’, and the distinguished Principal of Linwood College, Margaret Paiti, PO Box 24 034, Christchurch, New Zealand, or through http://www.linwoodcollege.school.nz/contact-us.php, with any assistance it is in your power to give.


It is a debt of honour, trebly, to those recently bereft, to those yet struggling, and, through the music of the Linwood College Orchestra, to the Fallen.


Please join me in giving.

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From: 17catherines Date: March 2nd, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for linking to this. I'll definitely be contacting them after my next pay.
femmequixotic From: femmequixotic Date: March 2nd, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will definitely be helping out. You and Brammers are wonderful for bringing this to our attention.
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: March 3rd, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. Vicki and Margaret will be passing on details of the trust fund once it's set up, and I am encouraging them to do a Paypal option at femme's suggestion, too, for all our Gen Y friends who are one-click souls.
alliekiwi From: alliekiwi Date: March 8th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
A fantastic post.
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