Image via Wikipedia Messages of support for the families of kiwi miners lost at Pike River...
GREYMOUTH, NZ — Messages of support for the families of the miners who lost their lives at Pike River are flooding in from all over New Zealand and around the world, including several from international heads of state.
Queen Elizabeth has sent the following message:
”I am deeply saddened by today's news that there is now no hope for the men trapped in the Pike River mine. My heart goes out to the families and friends of these 29 brave miners and to all who have been touched by this national disaster. I send my thanks and deep appreciation to everyone who has worked so hard to attempt a rescue and also to those who will have a part to play in the task of healing the pain that is being felt throughout New Zealand and around the world. At this sad and difficult time my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Government House has also received a message from Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Prince William, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Durao Barroso and the President of Singapore, SR Nathan.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard released the following statement: “This is tragic news, 29 families have been hoping, praying, waiting to hear good news and now they've heard the most terrible news. Our hearts go out to them and on behalf of the Australian people I give the condolences of this nation.
“This is obviously a community in New Zealand that will now grieve bearing this dreadful loss, we send our best wishes and our best wishes, sympathy and support go to the two Australian families now living with this dreadful and tragic news.”
Prime Minister John Key said New Zealand is a nation in mourning.
"The 29 men whose names and faces we have all come to know, will never walk amongst us again. This is a national tragedy," he said.
"To lose this many brothers at once strikes an agonising blow. Today all New Zealanders grieve for these men.
"To all those who have lost a loved one, New Zealand stands shoulder to shoulder with you. Though we cannot possibly feel this pain as you do, we have you in our hearts and our thoughts."
Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand also expressed his sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of the men and acknowledged the efforts of those involved in the search and rescue operation.
“Their commitment and dedication will be deeply appreciated. “
Thousands of messages of support and donations have been already been received for the Pike River miners’ families through a service which was started this morning
The text message service is a joint initiative of almost every media company in New Zealand and Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees.
By texting 306 you can make an instant donation of $3 plus send a message of support.
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Acknowledgements: MSN News