Christchurch terror attack: How the public is helping the Muslim community

  • 16/03/2019

By The Project associate producer Mahvash Ali

Messages of support are pouring in for Kiwi Muslims from the wider community.

Over a million dollars have been raised via a Give a Little page  page that was set up hours after the Christchurch mosque shooting that left 49 dead and 42 injured, including at least two children under five.

Another campaign by LaunchGood has raised more than $900,000 in the 24 hours since the attack.

While mosque gates remain closed across the country, people are leaving flowers and messages of support at their gates.

But it is the personal messages that are the most heart-warming.

Auckland woman Latashia Coupe posted a message on Facebook offering her home to anyone who needed to pray.

"To the Muslim women and children out west Auckland, if you want a safe space to pray or just have someone to talk to in this very hard time then please let me know.

"My home isn't very big but I want to offer help and support. I can only imagine the pain and fear you all are going through. I also have three children so your children will have someone to play with."

Another message of support has been shared several times on Facebook.

"If any Muslim people in Auckland feel unsafe right now - I will walk with you, wait at the bus stop with you, I'll sit on the bus with you, or walk with you while you do the groceries.

"Whatever you need to feel safe, we will do all we can to help... I also have a car which I can use to help out if you do not want to travel on public transportation. Let's all put together." 

There is also to be a halal food drop to support the Muslim community today. Food donations can be dropped off at Theos Fisheries on Riccarton Road between 12pm and 3pm. 

A number of vigils are also taking place throughout the country.