Editors note: the following was recently posted on The Pioneers website by the Standing family, who wrote of their experience during a large earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the March 4th edition of The Pioneer. The Standings live in Christchurch, but spend time in the Columbia Valley when they visit Lenettes parents, John and Betty Moore, who share their time between Radium and Parson.

We have just read this weeks Pioneer and were completely overwhelmed to read in the Cheers and Jeers section that David Thompson Secondary School staff and students had worked together to raise money for our citys earthquake recovery fund. You guys are fabulous and your thoughts and efforts are truly appreciated.

Things here are slowly recovering, albeit, we have lost most of our central business districts and around 9,000 homes our spirits though are high and helped enormously when we realize the support our city has received from all over the globe. We are rebuilding and reinventing ourselves as a city.

As a family we are coming back to your valley for a family visit in March which we cant wait for. The warmth and spirit you have shown all of us in Christchurch typifies the Columbia Valley we have experienced; so, a big CHEERS from us!

Matt, Lenette, and Josh Standing

Christchurch, New Zealand