SBS Radio App

Download the FREE SBS Radio App for a better listening experience

Advertisement
  • Special prayer ceremonies were organised in the local Gurdwaras to pay tributes to the victims of Christchurch terror attacks. (Supplied)
The Sikh community in New Zealand has come forward to provide financial support for people affected by the Christchurch shootings and their family members. Within five days of posting an appeal on Facebook, the community collected over NZ$60,000 to help the victims of the most horrific massacre in NZ's history.
English
By
12 Apr 2019 - 1:01 PM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2019 - 10:37 AM

Over NZ$10 million have been raised for victims of the Christchurch terror attacks across three major fundraisers, as New Zealand mourned the most horrific massacre in its history.

The Sikh community also rallied together to raise more than NZ$60,000 for victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

This fundraiser was initiated by Auckland-based Jaspreet Singh with the support of Sikh Supreme Society on 16 March.

Mr Singh had made an appeal to the local community to assist the victims of Christchurch mosque shootings through this fundraiser on Facebook. 

The fundraiser stated - “Our hopes, prayers and practical help go out to each and every victim, bystander or loved one affected. "

"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.” 

Mr Singh told SBS Punjabi that a collection of NZ$60,458 surpassed the initial goal of NZ$50,000 within just five days of setting this fundraiser.

“We’re very thankful to the people who have made financial contributions,” he said. 

“All fundraising proceeds will be distributed to the grieving families by the Federation of the Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ). They’ll direct these funds toward the immediate and long-term needs of the victims. 

Mr Singh told SBS that they’ve handed over NZ$57,723 to the Supreme Sikh Society after Facebook tax deducted an amount of NZ$2,735 from the total collection.

“Daljit Singh from Supreme Sikh Society is in touch with FIANZ in this regard. We’re now liaising with Police and FIANZ to establish the best way of sending funds to the affected people,” he said.

“This couldn't have been possible without the community support. Thank you everyone. Hope we will always stay strong and stand together again and again.”

SBS Punjabi has contacted FIANZ, the national body of Muslims in New Zealand, for their comments. 

Listen to SBS Punjabi Monday to Friday at 9 pm. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Also Read
$500,000 federal grant for a Sikh community centre in Melbourne
A grant worth half a million dollars from the Australian government will help establish a Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) and community centre in Melbourne’s southeast.
Government announces major financial boost for Australian Sikh Games
A $120,000 event grant from the Australian government will go towards the staging of the 32nd Annual Australian Sikh Games to be held in Melbourne this year.
NSW government announces $20,000 for Griffith Sikh Games
NSW Government has committed a grant of $20,000 to the Gurdwara Singh Sabha Society, Griffith to help support funds for the annual Sikh games event also known as the Shaheedi Tournament.
Sikh volunteer wins Australia’s Local Hero Award for serving free food
Sukhwinder Kaur from the Sikh Volunteers Australia is proud and happy to be announced as a Westfield Local Hero in Melbourne’s southeast.