Just after five days of posting an appeal on Facebook, over 10 million dollars were raised for victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks across three major fundraisers with the help of 1600 donations. Sikh community in New Zealand also rallied together to raise more than NZ$ 60,000 for victims and their families.
Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch on Wednesday, 12 June, collected all the amount, at a function held at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Christchurch.
“No amount of money can change what has happened, or bring back the lives lost. But we can offer our support to victims and their families, so they don’t have to bear this burden alone,” said Auckland-based Jaspreet Singh Rajpura who initiated this fundraising with the support of Sikh Supreme Society on 16 March.
“This couldn’t have been possible without community support. Thank you, everyone. Hope we will always stay strong and stand together again and again,” he added.
Mr. Abdul Aziz from the Linwood Islamic Centre, Mirwaiz from Al Noor Mosque and other members of the Muslim community marked the occasion to appreciate the fundraising efforts of the Sikh community.
Daljit Singh, the spokesperson of Supreme Sikh Society, thanked all Sikh organizations and the local community for their donations. “We’re very thankful to the people who have made financial contributions,” he said.
“Our hopes, prayers and practical help go out to each and every victim, bystander or loved one affected,” he added.
New Zealand’s largest taxi company has also provided a cheque of NZ$11,000 to help the victims.
The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayer on 15 March 2019 which resulted in killing of 51 people. The accused gunman from Australia now faces 51 murder charges and 40 attempted murder charges – along with the terrorism charge