Message from District 9970 concerning the Christchurch tragedy and information on how to support via a donation if desired.


Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I know you will all join me in utterly condemning the senseless and cruel events of yesterday.
Rotary is about building communities, not tearing them down and we must act accordingly in our response to this attack.
Please join with me in supporting the appeal detailed below by the Presidents of the three clubs with areas most affected.
Rotary can and must demonstrate its primary purpose in the days ahead and always....doing good in the world.
- DG John

From the Club Presidents......

There are no words to sufficiently express the enormous sense of sadness and outrage regarding Friday's events and the immense impact this has had on the local Muslim communities in the areas of the Riccarton, Linwood-Woolston and Ferrymead clubs and on our wider community as a whole.

At an appropriate time in the near future we will seek to make contact directly with local leaders in the Muslim community to see how Rotarians can offer further support.

In the meantime, we can act now by making a significant donation to a Rotary fund that has been set up to support the victims of this devastating attack.

We are asking all clubs within our district to make a donation towards this fund, which will be made as a joint donation and message of support from all Rotarians in our district.

We also condemn in the strongest terms the base values and attitudes directed towards our migrant community who have just as many rights as we all do to live life free from violence and prejudice. Those values are a complete anathema to the values of Rotary.

Please support this appeal generously by clicking on the donation button below.

Yours in Rotary

Shane Murdoch- President, Riccarton

Theresa Shaugnessy-President, Linwood/Woolston

Barbara Crooks- President, Ferrymead

The account number for the fund being managed by the Riccarton Rotary Club on behalf of the Riccarton, Linwood-Woolston & Ferrymead cluster of clubs is:
BANK ACC. 03 0823 0350538 00
Reference: Mosque Appeal