Auckland, June 14, 2019
In was one of the worst times in history.
On March 15, 2019, New Zealand and the world witnessed the Christchurch Mosque Massacre, which caused loss of 51 precious lives (42 at the Al Noor Mosque, 7 at the Linwood Islamic Centre, and two later at Christchurch Hospital).
The psychological impact has been far-reaching and long-lasting.
The Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand, with its motto of ‘Universal Brotherhood,’ provided leadership, moral and financial support to the families of victims.
The Supreme Sikh Society appealed to the devotees at the Takanini Gurdwara in South Auckland to extend financial help to the victims.
Former Minister and Supreme Sikh Society legal counsel Matt Robson visited Christchurch with officials of the Society on June 12, 2019 to present a cheque for $11,001 to the management of Al Noor Mosque.
The team also met the survivors of the massacre and listened to their horror stories and attended a ceremony at Gurdwara Singh Sabha (537 Ferry Road Woolston).
Supreme Sikh Society President Ranvir Singh Lai and General Secretary Rajinder Singh Jindi presented a cheque for $60000 to Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
Welfare of New Zealand communities
Chief Spokesperson Daljit Singh highlighted the eagerness of the Supreme Sikh Society to work for the welfare of the New Zealand communities.
Ms Dalziel said that Christchurch would work closely with the Central Government and organisations such as the Supreme Sikh Society to implement more social projects.
City Councillor Phil Claywater, The Christchurch Foundation officials Julia Ross and Amy Carter, Linwood Mosque officials Adam Khan, Sahadat Khan and Nazeer Khan, Labour Party Christchurch Representative Narinder Singh Waraich were present at the event.
Muslims later performed their daily prayers inside the main prayer Hall of Gurdwara Sahib. Lali said, “This was yet another example of divine message of ‘Universal Brotherhood’.”