About Stand Up For Christchurch
Wednesday 16 March at 8.30pm
From Adelaide, Australia, MC Peter Helliar hosts performances
from Arj Barker (Flight Of The Conchords), Patrick Monahan, Tom
Gleason, Sam Wills and more.
Presented by The Garden of Unearthly Delights and organised by Kiwi comedian Sam Wills, Stand Up For Christchurch hopes to send a message of support to the people of Christchurch. "The aim of the TV programme is to show that people over here in Adelaide and throughout Australia are thinking of Christchurch and are wanting to help as well," explains Wills.
"No matter where they are in the world we know that Kiwis everywhere are thinking of Christchurch and we will keep doing everything we can do to help," he continues.
A Christchurch local himself, Wills was stunned to learn of earthquake while over in Adelaide and says his priority was making contact with loved ones. "I was about to go out for a picnic with friends when the first of the Twitter feeds started coming in," recalls Wills. "Then we put on the telly and started watching the news non stop and began the mission of trying to get in touch with friends and family. It was really hard to see the destruction and it was all a bit surreal."
With his first response being to help those from his home town, Wills decided to use his talents to pull together the live show aimed at raising money for victims of the earthquake. He says, "When we were watching the Twitter feed my wife said 'We need to do something' and what we are good at is doing shows. So we decided to try and get together the biggest show possible and raise as much money as we could to help out."
And the response to his plea was more the Wills could have ever expected: "Everybody was very keen to be a part of the show. In fact we could have filled the line-up three times over with the amount of support we were given."