Thank you for your generous donation. Here's an update on our Fund plan 10 May 2019
Today, I wanted to take the opportunity to once again thank you for your incredible generosity.
I also want to send you this next update to dispel any uncertainty or angst around the funds raised through our appeal.
As you will already be aware, more than $10.5 million was raised by generous New Zealanders just like you, on Givealittle.
We have been working tirelessly to ensure that we are building a full and correct list of victims and get financial support to them, as well as delivering to our core purpose of providing with victims with practical and emotional information and support.
This is an extremely complex, unprecedented process and it’s always been clear it would take some time to work through it. That’s why we have been making a combination of emergency and lump sum payments available at each stage of the process so we could make support available quickly.
Over the next week, additional payments will be made to bereaved families, those physically injured, and those present at the attacks.
Our first payments were available within days of the attacks, and by next week, we will have released $7 million of support directly to victims – nearly a million dollars a week.
This has been funded from the $10.5 million pledged to Victim Support through Givealittle, as well as additional pledges from Islamic community organisations and donations received by the charity through other channels.
A final payment will also be made in June once all donations have been received and a final appeal total is known.
A contingency amount of $1 million will be held back from the final payment to ensure that we can meet commitments to victims’ emergency expenses and provide financial assistance to any new victims who may still come forward.
As I committed from the outset of this appeal, no portion of the money you donated will be used to cover administration expenses. 100 per cent of funds received will go to victims.
We are engaging with Islamic community leaders and victims to talk through the final distribution of funds.
I have been overwhelmed by the generous response from people like you since these horrific attacks. The amounts you have given have far exceeded all expectations and has meant that a larger and more complex distribution process has been required of us.
As we are a registered charity, the board and I have also committed to have the fund administration independently audited.
We see every single day just how much of an impact the financial support we’ve already given is having in the local community.
On a final note, I do want to say that this level of support and care now available to those left devastated by the March attacks would not have been possible if not for the incredible generosity of people like you.
The entire team here at Victim Support wishes to again thank everyone who has donated to the fund. We are now working together with The Spark Foundation to close the Givealittle page on 30 May.
You have our commitment that we will continue to work to support these victims through their long journey ahead.
I just wanted to say you have been doing a wonderful job of distributing these funds under very trying circumstances.
Thank you for the considerate & transparent way you have handled this situation. I’m sure that regardless of the inevitable criticism you will receive (there are always negative views out there), the families receiving the funds appreciate the work you have been doing.
Keep up the good work 😊
Victim Support can be proud of what they have done and the transparency they have committed to. The level of organisation taken to achieve all this is incredible and to be honest, doesn’t always happen so congratulations to you all
I want to add my thanks for the great job that you’ve done in handling such an unprecedented situation. I was grateful to have an opportunity to contribute a small amount of support through your organization.
Thank you for posting an update. It’s great to hear what the next steps are. I wondered if you could give some thought to amending your third paragraph - it wasn’t only New Zealanders that gave money, lots of lovely caring overseas people did too.
I support the care you are taking in ensuring fair and equitable distribution of the funds. While it has been hard for some to wait till this process is complete, it is wise in the long run. I sincerely hope funding will also be available for therapeutic intervention for those suffering from PTSD
Thanks for the update. I definitely wasn't one of those complaining. I understood from the beginning that it would be a complex process, and you made it clear that all money donated would go to the victims. Some people should read all the information available before commenting on social media.
You are doing a wonderful job under trying circumstances. Thank you for all that you do. Don't let the nay sayers get to you.
So inspiring to see this response from so many people who care. Was glad to be a very small part of that response from New Mexico, USA. Thank you, also, for the genuine and authentic way these donations are being used. More operations could increase their funding if they followed your model. Gracias!
There is no way I would have given to this page if I had known how long it would take to distribute these funds. The excuses that have been used is that it has taken all this time to identify the deceased and injured and who else was present in the mosques at the time of the shootings. The deceased were identified and their bodies released to their families and the injured identified within a week and it is beyond belief that it would have taken over eight weeks to determine who else was present. These families needed this money as soon as possible not over eight weeks later.