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Russell Crowe has recorded a video appealing for people to donate to victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked the New Zealand city of Christchurch on February 22, killing almost 200 people.

“Your donation to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, no matter how big or small, will help the city as it faces the challenges ahead,” says the New Zealand-born star. “Christchurch continues to hurt. Cantabrians are traumatized and in shock. And yet a special kind of Christchurch spirit has risen from the rubble. To keep that spirit of hope and community alive, Christchurch needs its mates – whether they happen to be here in New Zealand, or across the ditch [Australia], or on the other side of the world.”

Earlier this month, Crowe helped raise $500,000 for the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal at a celebrity charity cricket game in Wellington. He followed this by traveling to Christchurch to view the damage firsthand.

“This appeal is the New Zealand government’s official global fundraiser for the recovery effort in Christchurch and the Canterbury region.”

The video can be watched here.

Donations can be made here.

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