French Friends raise Funds for Christchurch Colleges
When a devastating earthquake struck Christchurch on the 22 of February, a large number of French high school students were visiting the city as part of school exchange programmes. Some came from the Lycée Marguerite de Navarre, in Bourges in central France, and were staying with students from Shirley Boys’ High School and Rangi Ruru College.
The French pupils returned home soon after the quake but they were determined to help their New Zealand friends. The school, parents and students began raising funds for the cause.
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- Clos Henri, representative for Shirley Boys High School, H.E.Mr Francis Etienne, Sue Wells et Martine Marshall-Durieux
Their donations were presented to the Christchurch schools at a reception at the Visions Restaurant on the Christchurch Polytechnic Campus on Monday the 26 of September 2011 at by His Excellency Mr Francis Etienne, Ambassador of France. This function was organised by the Alliance française de Christchurch and the Honorary Consul of France to Christchurch, Mrs Martine Marshall-Durieux.
A second cheque was presented during this ceremony, this time to His Worship the Mayor of Christchurch, Mr Bob Parker. Mr Damien Yvon, manager of the Clos Henri vineyard near Blenheim handed over the funds that were raised at an auction of fine wines from the Sancerre region on the 9 of July. Mrs Sue Wells, Christchurch’s representative to the organisation of the world’s wine-growing capitals, was also there.