Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Christchurch Earthquake - How can we help?

February 22nd 2011
The date that altered the lives of thousands of people, and destroyed a beautiful city.

At least in last  (September 2010) Christchurch earthquake there was not loss of life. But plenty of frayed nerves remained along with wrecked homes. Many businesses were wrecked too, or came close to the wall. One of our favourite suppliers (Florian, who make fantastic folding travel bags) were in a old building in the central part of town. With the building unsafe to enter, they had to virtually shut-up shop for months, and so for some of their employees, life became even tougher as they lost their jobs too.

But in the last month they have managed to resurrect their business in a new location, and have just recently starting taking orders for manufacture again. Only to be struck by another earthquake. They are lucky; their new premise is sound and this time round they have managed to escape damage to their building and injury to their staff.

So it seems their staff will have jobs this time round, but only so long as they have customers for their products. And this is another practical way can help: 
By choosing to support Christchurch made goods, we can assist so that on top of all their other upheaval, the people of Christchurch will not lose their jobs and businesses too. 

Yesterday we received a fantastic email from a corporate client who had ordered 50 of their bags from us, and knew Florian were based in Christchurch. Instead of cancelling the order in anticipation of a delayed delivery, they wanted to let us know they would wait  as long as it takes, so they can support Florian through this hardship in a practical way.

 We would like to encourage further sales of Florian bags, which will not only help Florian, but we will  also donate $50.00 to the  New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal  for each online purchase of one of their folding bags  (from now until 30 March 2011).

For product information, or to order on Folding Florian Travel bags, click here. They are perfect for those who don't have a weekend bag at all, through to frequent travellers who throw one into their suitcase to bring home the overflow luggage.

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