Crafty Mums Help Following Christchurch Earthquake

( A group of craft loving friends have joined together in an effort to help the people of Christchurch following the devastating earthquake.

After a group of 20 women, many of them work at home mums, discussed a way that they could help raise money for Cantabrians in need, they came up with the idea of getting fellow WAHMs and craft loving people to donate quality, handmade goods to auction off on Trademe, where all funds would be donated to the Christchurch Woman’s Refuge and The Salvation Army – the result was Handmade for Christchurch.

“A couple of our friends are from the Canterbury area and we sat there for hours waiting to hear if they were safe. We also really wanted to help out with the clean up, but as we can’t leave our families, we thought this was a great idea” says Debs.

In less than 4 days, their Facebook page already has over 1000 likers and have had 200+ items, international and local donated to the cause.

“As time goes on, the donations are increasing and we would love to be able to raise as much as we can” says Kahlia.

Lydia says “We are all so overwhelmed and encouraged to see so many people wanting to join the cause, some items have come from as far as Ireland, Finland, Canada and the USA, and we have received donations ranging from RRP$4.99 – RRP$1999!”.

“Trademe has been really supportive of the cause, agreeing to waive all auction fees and promote the auctions as much as possible” Nic says.

Handmade for Christchurch is asking anyone who is creative or owns a business which hand-makes items, to visit their Facebook page: to learn more about donating a handmade item.

To view and bid on the over 200 gorgeous handmade items on Trademe visit:

Media Release 27 February 2011.