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The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal has made its first allocation of funds - providing $3.5 million to help restore the city's playing fields.

Mark Weldon, the Prime Minister's representative on the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, said it was important things such as sports fields are fixed as soon as possible.

"This is about the basics of a good daily Kiwi life. Sports and places to play are a big part of that. The appeal is focussing on Christchurch communities," he said.

"This allocation will also provide jobs for Christchurch contractors who will be carrying out the work."

Allocation decisions are being made by the trust, with the guidance of an advisory board made up of experts, to ensure funds are delivered where they are most needed.

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal has now raised $73.7 million including pledges.

"We haven't stopped fundraising. Christchurch still needs our support and ongoing commitment." Mr Weldon said.

The global telethon event Rise Up Christchurch will screen live this Sunday from 9am to 9pm, while in London that day, supporters are climbing 38 floors up the iconic gherkin building to raise money for the Appeal - the top fundraiser has already raised GBP33,474 for the cause.

Rise Up Christchurch will be streamed live on the Herald website.