Country music duo the Bellamy Brothers will help raise money for victims of February's 6.3 earthquake in New Zealand. They have partnered with the New Zealand Red Cross and Judy Seale International to host a live auction from May 1 through May 10. All of the proceeds raised will go directly to the New Zealand Red Cross.

There has been so much national attention focused on last weeks Japanese earthquake and tsunami, but the quake that occurred on February 22 in New Zealand was also devastating. The earthquake hit the city of Christchurch, killing at least 166 people and leaving many homeless. It toppled skyscrapers, crushed buses and imploded buildings in one of the country's worst natural disasters.

An estimated 400,000 people live in Christchurch, and this the second major earthquake to hit them in just a few short months; a 7.1-magnitude quake shook the town last September. It is no wonder that for years they have been known as 'The Shaky Isles.'

Although the Bellamy Brothers are focusing on New Zealand right now, they are making plans to have a benefit for the victims of the Japan earthquake in the near future, as well. David Bellamy says, "We are excited to help get the word out about the celebrity auction for the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake victims. Our hearts also go out to the folks in Japan."

The New Zealand quake caused an estimated three billion dollars in damage. Any donations you would like to make to the relief efforts in New Zealand can be sent to:

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