Rise Up raised over $2.5 Million for Christchurch Earthquake Fund

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Well it was a long weekend of rehearsing and getting ready for the Telethon fashion shows but it was worth it! The 12-hour telethon for earthquake-hit Christchurch raised more than $2.5 million on Sunday! The telethon, exactly three months after February’s devastating earthquake, was broadcast by Maori Television from studios in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland from 9am to 9pm with live crosses to centres in London, Los Angeles and Sydney.

Funds raised by the telethon, Rise Up Christchurch will go to the Christchurch earthquake appeal. The final telly at 9pm was $2,561,015.30. Some of the big donors during the night were dairy giant Fonterra, which gave $1 million and Mainfreight, which handed over $250,000.

Some of the famous names to lend their support to the effort were Rachel Hunter, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Peter Jackson and Usher, who donated a pair of sneakers worn on his OMG tour. Limited edition Gucci shoes donated by Lady Gaga went for $4300, while a guitar donated and signed by Katy Perry went for $5000. Anna Paquin, Neil Finn, Prince Edward, Robyn Malcolm, Almighty Johnsons star Ben Barrington, comedian Mike King, and Benji Marshall also lent their support.

Thanks to all you who made donations! Here are a few backstage pics from the show (above).

Sarah x

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