19 Mar Update on Victim Support Givealittle Fund 19 March 2019
Victim Support has now received over $6 million through its online Givealittle campaign, launched in support of victims affected by Friday’s shootings in Christchurch.
“This is an unprecedented fundraising response to an unprecedented tragedy in New Zealand and we thank everybody who has donated,” said Victim Support Chief Executive Kevin Tso.
“The amount we have raised is overwhelming and reflects the tragedy’s widespread ripple effect and the human desire to help others in need.
“New Zealand and the world are in mourning.”
Donations had been received from all over New Zealand and overseas including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, United States, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia and the Maldives.
Mr Tso acknowledged questions received from some members of the public via Givealittle about how the funds would be used. He confirmed that the funds would not be used to cover any of the organisation’s regular operating costs.
“We have begun making emergency payments to victims on an as-required basis, respecting cultural advice and considerations at each step,” said Mr Tso.
“This morning, Victim Support met with other key fund-holders to begin the process of working together to ensure remaining funds are used in a fair, responsible, and coordinated way. All fund-holders are committed to working with victims and their communities around the long-term management of the fund, when the time is right for them.
“We urge the public for patience at this critical time while we commit our full efforts to the immediate safety and wellbeing of those affected by Friday’s events.
“We understand the distress that is being widely felt in the aftermath of these attacks. We encourage people to check on their friends and families, talk with and support one other, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
Victims directly affected by the shootings, who require financial, practical or emotional support, are encouraged to contact Victim Support on 0800 842 846.
Members of the public feeling distressed are encouraged to contact Need To Talk by text or phoning 1737.