The Wilding Foundation, a registered New Zealand charity set up by Christchurch-born and internationally award winning Hollywood and New York-based actress, director, producer Anna Wilding has moved swiftly to launch an international appeal for the victims of the Christchurch City earthquake.
The charity intends to start identifying children who have lost their parents to apply funding and hopefully longer term assistance.
The charity is in some instances working in with agencies such as the Red Cross and The Salvation Army to see where the most needed cases are located. Wilding launched the appeal within 7 hours of the quake and has been working hard to build awareness in the USA – including appearing on Fox 11 News.
Donations have been coming in from USA and as far as Denmark, Brunei and London with some larger pledges to come. Wilding has been working tirelessly in Los Angeles to deal with fundraising for the victims of the 6.3 earthquake that has claimed over 200 lives.
Coming from Christchurch and having her charity based there, Anna Wilding retains strong roots in New Zealand. She – like many New Zealanders – knows people who have lost their lives, livelihoods and homes.
The Wilding foundation can help this crisis by raising money and helping individuals and families who are already desperately in need.
“We have identified many families and individuals that require help ,” says Anna. “We would love for you all to join in reaching out with us and helping to make a positive difference for people who are in need. The Foundation will be focusing on children who have lost their parents, or parents who have lost their house and livelihoods with children. We also have concerns for others on a most needed basis – including the elderly. We identified and approved our first recipients over the weekend.”
Ms Wilding has also had support from people such as David de Rothschild and many other notables.
Find out more about the charity here.