We have all seen the destruction that has occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand at the hands of a devastating earthquake and AIJV is relieved to learn that our Kiwi members were not caught up in this disaster.
However, one of our UK members has family in Christchurch and whilst they are alive, they are in a bad way – no water, no working sewer and four children to look out for. But even they are lucky compared to some who have lost everything, in some cases, even losing their loved ones … forever.
In an attempt to assist victims, AIJV members have volunteered to donate their valuation fees taken on the 22nd February (the day the quake struck) to the NZ Red Cross Earthquake Appeal. In some cases members are holding a special event where all the valuation fees are donated, like Paul Nilsson of Gemlab in Auckland. The money will be donated online and will go straight to where it is needed the most.
We invite all Jewellery Valuers / Jewelry Appraisers worldwide to join us in trying to lessen the misery that the good folk of Christchurch must be going through. In most cases this is an event that has occurred on the other side of the planet but as we in AIJV have seen, sometimes emotionally, it comes very close to home.
Please do let us know what activities you are involved in to help by commenting below. Thank you in advance of your support.
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