The mosque attack in Christchurch on March 15 that killed 51 innocent people and injured 42 shook the world, and the whole New Zealand community came forward to assist the victims both financially and emotionally.
In this difficult time, the Sikh community of New Zealand also came forward raising money, arranging food and making other vital arrangements to help support the victims and families of the victims in Christchurch.
The Supreme Sikh Society of New Zealand in Takanini from March 16 started a fundraising drive to make their contribution towards the victims in need.
Earlier last week, on June 12, members of the Supreme Sikh Society presented two cheques of $60,000 and $11,000 at two separate events in Christchurch.
The members travelled from Auckland and presented the cheque of $11,000 to the management of Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch and met some of the survivors at the mosque listening to their stories of horror of the day of the massacre.
Later in the afternoon, the members of the Supreme Sikh Society NZ presented another cheque of $60,000 to the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel at Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Woolston. Present at the event was President of SSSNZ Ranvir Singh Lali and General Secretary Rajinder Singh Jindi.
At this occasion, various speakers addressed the Sangat in attendance of more than 100 people and acknowledged the sincere efforts of the Supreme Sikh Society and Sikh Brotherhood towards this humanitarian cause.
Chief Spokesperson of Supreme Sikh Society NZ, Daljit Singh also highlighted the eagerness of the Supreme Sikh Society to always make a mark of its contribution to the broader Kiwi Society, and Mayor Lianne Dalziel lauded the efforts and valuable contribution of the Supreme Sikh Society in NZ.
Councillor in the Christchurch City Council Phil Claywater, members from The Christchurch Foundation Julia Ross and Amy Carter, Adam Khan, Sahadat Khan, Nazeer Khan, of Linwood Mosque and Narinder Singh Waraich of Labour Party Christchurch were also present at the event.