Our thoughts are with those impacted by the Christchurch terror attacks, the victims, their families, our Christchurch members and community, and everyone struggling to come to terms with this horrendous act.
To our Muslim whanau especially, we stand with you. Together we mourn our 50 brothers and sisters.
Please remember, if you need someone to talk to about grief or trauma you may be experiencing, please call or text 1737. Support is free, confidential and available 24/7.
If you are in a position to donate, consider one of these options:
The New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups has a crowdfunding campaign on Givealittle. Victim Support says it will use all donations received to the page to provide support and resources for people affected by the Christchurch shootings and their family members.
The New Zealand Islamic Information Centre (NZIIC) has set up a crowdfunding campaign on Launchgood with all funds raised distributed to the victims and families affected by the Christchurch attack. All proceeds will go towards helping with their immediate, short-term needs. “No amount of money will bring back their loved ones, but we do hope to lessen their burden in some way,” says NZIIC.
If you want to attend a vigil, here is a list of some we could find:
Christchurch: Remember Those Who Lost Their Lives 15-3-19 - Thursday 21 March from 8.30pm — 9.30pm at Cathedral Square.
Dunedin: Vigil for Lives taken in Christchurch: Thursday 21 March in the Octagon.
Nelson: Nelson Race Unity Day — Sunday 24 March 24 in Victory Square’
Hastings: Civic Service at 1pm on Monday, March 18, at the Hastings city town clock
Masterton: A community gathering in the Town Square, at 6pm on Monday.
St Matthew-in-the-City Monday 18 March from 5pm-8pm
Jummah Remembrance: Friday 22 March from 6pm — 7pm at Aotea Square
Kapiti: Kāpiti Vigil for Christchurch Friday 7pm.
We will be taking a pause from talking about SEANZ on social media this week, out of respect, and so that everyone can have space to reflect and look after themselves.
The SEANZ Team