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Remember To Dress In Red & Black On Friday March 4

Scoop News: Remember To Dress In Red & Black On Friday March 4

Report – By The Scoop team

New Zealanders are being urged to wear red and black on Friday March 4 to honour those who were killed in, or affected by, the Christchurch earthquake. Those wearing the colours are asked to make a gold coin donation to the Red Cross at Redcross.org.nz/donate

Red and Black are the official colours of the Canterbury Rugby team, the Crusaders.

The promoters, Big Communications, urge people to get their friends, family, colleagues, and community to dress in the Canterbury colours and say it is a way to support “all those who have lost so much in the recent earthquake”.

On Thursday March 3, New Zealand Police confirmed that the death toll had increased to 161 people. Of the 161, 90 were found in the CTV building, 14 in the PGC building and the remainder from other locations around the city.

Superintendent Hoyle said Police were meeting with families everyday. The families had also met with USAR, Coronial and DVI team representatives who had provided families with as much information as possible to help them understand the identification process: "We fully understand the necessity of providing families with information and explaining why we have to be sure we have the correct identities of those who have died," Superintendent Hoyle said.

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