Our earthquake ribbons are fit for a prince

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Arrowtowners Vicki Patton and Christina Dawson are winning friends in high places while raising thousands for Christchurch quake relief. 

The enterprising women have been gathering cash by selling their own red and black ribbons. 

They sent 150 of them to the Christchurch mayor’s office for the recent national memorial service and were thrilled to see the ribbons worn by visiting royal Prince William and the New Zealand and Australian Prime Ministers. 

Ribbons have also been sent to Australia, England and the United States, and a large order was filled for Harness Racing NZ’s Inter Dominion series, which has been relocated from Christchurch to Auckland. 

Patton, who hit on the idea, says that after last month’s disaster, “going about my everyday life just did not seem right”. 

She and her friend raise about $2 a ribbon and are targeting $20,000-plus for the Red Cross appeal. 

After funding the first few hundred dollars for fabric and pins, they’re now covering costs of about 15c a ribbon – other people are also offering to make them too. 

The women are selling ribbons through local outlets, TradeMe auctions and by email at ribbonsforchristchurch@gmail.com.