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Friday, May 13, 2011

Aussie TV stars show support for Chch

Last updated 10:05 13/05/2011
Popular television stars have shown their support for Christchurch, wearing red and black Bands 4 Hope at Australia's Logie awards.

Actors from comedy-drama series Packed to the Rafters were spotted wearing the red and black Cantabrian wristbands as they posed in gowns and suits at the Australian television industry awards on May 1.

They included Kiwi-born actresses Rebecca Gibney and Camille Keenan.

Gibney plays the show's lead female character, Julie Rafter, while Keenan joined the cast this year as Bree Jennings.

Up-and-coming Keenan has been a "huge supporter" of the Bands 4 Hope appeal and urged her fellow actors to purchase a band.

"Christchurch still needs our help, and this is a great way to both donate and sustain awareness for the cause," the Wellington-raised actor said.

The TelstraClear funded appeal has raised over $550,000 for the Christchurch Mayoral Earthquake Fund and hopes to raise at least $1 million.

Bands 4 Hope can be purchased for a donation of $5 or more from online or from New Zealand PostShops.

Many high-profile people have been seen wearing the bands, including Prince William and Prime Minister John Key.

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