16 Mar Shooting Victims fund raises over half a million dollars overnight, appeal moved to alternative site
Victim Support’s official fund for victims of yesterday’s shootings in Christchurch has raised over $530,000 overnight, with donations received from over 8000 people as at 9am this morning.
“We want to thank everyone who has given a donation so far. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and messages of support from Kiwis and around the world,” says Kevin Tso, Chief Executive at Victim Support.
“All donations received will be ringfenced to support the dozens of families who have been bereaved and many more injured by yesterday’s horrific shootings.
“Donation volumes have reached such high levels that there have been technical issues with the Givealittle site.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Givealittle team to restore the site overnight and this morning, however Victim Support would like to advise that a second appeals page has been set up on the fundraising platform Everyday Hero.”
“The appeal is now live on this site. To ensure donations can be processed, we encourage media to update any public messaging to drive members of the public who wish to contribute to the new site.”
Donations can now be made to the fund at www.everydayhero.co.nz/event/christchurch-shooting, or by searching for Christchurch Shooting Victims’ Fund at www.everydayhero.co.nz.
Family and witnesses affected by the incidents are encouraged to contact Victim Support on our 24-hour crisis line – 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846).
“We understand how deeply unsettling these incidents are for many New Zealanders. We encourage people to show kindness through these difficult hours. Reach out to friends and family and offer support and reassurance,” says Mr Tso.
Victim Support is responding to referrals as received from the public and Police, and will continue to do so as the situation progresses. Support is also available to people outside of Canterbury.