Victim Support Official Page: Christchurch Shooting Victims' Fund
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Thank you for your generosity and support to those affected by the attacks in Christchurch. This official Victim Support Givealittle page is now closed.
Any donations that you wish to see placed in a fund for the ongoing support of those rebuilding their lives after the mosque attacks can be directed to the Christchurch Foundation at:
If you wish to donate to the ongoing work of Victim Support, working nationwide with all victims of crime, trauma or loss, you can donate here:
Donate to support victims of the horrific Canterbury shootings.
This is the official Victim Support donation page for victims of the Canterbury shootings.
Dozens of families have been bereaved and many more injured by today's horrific shootings. They deserve our help and support! All donations received to this page will be used to provide support and resources for people affected by the Christchurch shootings and their family members.
In light of the generous response towards Victim Support's Givealittle Page, Spark Foundation have decided to sponsor the service fee of this page (excluding third party transaction costs). The service fee contribution from Spark Foundation will be donated directly to Victim Support to coincide with the page payment.
Thanks to those who have asked for more detail around how these funds will be used to support victims and their families.
We want to be really clear about this, this money is being ring-fenced and is NOT for Victim Support's regular operating costs.
There will be many needs that victims have - some financial, some for support, and many other needs too. It is important that there is enough flexibility in the fund criteria that we can respond to those needs at they continue to emerge, whatever they may be. We are still in the immediate aftermath of the event and distribution criteria are currently being developed as quickly as possible.
We've been overwhelmed with donations - more than we thought possible - and we now need to create more formal processes than would be needed for the much smaller fund we expected this page would create. It's going to take some time to do this, but we’re committed to an open and inclusive process and we'll keep you updated on our website http://www.victimsupport.org.nz.
Our latest update can be viewed here: http://www.victimsupport.org.nz/an-update-on-our-givealittle-page/
Thank you to everyone who contacted us to ask questions about our Christchurch Shooting Victims’ Fund. To help answer some of your questions we have put together some FAQs. They can be found on our website here:
We have been overwhelmed by the ongoing generosity of New Zealanders and the world and thank everyone who has given so far.
We are delighted to let you know that the entire service fee for every donation (including third party transaction costs) will now be passed on to Victim Support's Christchurch Shooting Victims' Fund! Transaction costs are being covered by Westpac and Payment Express, meaning and the whole 5% will be passed on.
Thank you to Westpac NZ and Payment Express, and Spark Foundation who are covering the service fee for this page.
We would also like to thank Givealittle's technology partner Amazon Web Services who are sponsoring the infrastructure upgrade our platform needed to support the unprecedented levels of traffic and donations we are experiencing.
Victim Support Appeal Update: Almost $1.7 million paid to Christchurch victims so far.
“Every day we are seeing the huge impact the public’s generosity is having for victims, from having loved ones able to visit from overseas, to simple things such as relieving the stress of the weekly grocery shop.”
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UPDATE 6 (10 May 2019):
Thank you for your incredible generosity! By next week, we will have released $7 million of support directly to victims. Today we released our Fund Plan, which you can read about here: http://www.victimsupport.org.nz/victim-support-outlines-fund-plan-for-victims-of-christchurch-attacks/
We are there to support and care for the people of Aotearoa who have been victims of crime, loss or trauma.
We will provide support in ways that restore mana, belonging and well-being.
Our free service provides emotional and practical support, information, financial assistance, referral to other support services and advocacy for the rights of victims.
This support helps victims find strength, hope and safety in the face of grief and trauma. We make bold promises to our communities:
We will be there 24 / 7 to help as people deal with or aftermath of crime and trauma.
We promise to make a positive difference to shattered lives.
We promise that in times of trouble we will make sure people get the help they need to be safe, to find healing, and to navigate the justice system.
To live up to these promises our services are available nationwide through a national / regional structure.
Our direct service to victims is primarily delivered by volunteer Support Workers who are managed and supervised by paid staff coordinators, who provide debriefing, supervision, case management, coaching and regular training to the volunteer Support Workers.
Use of funds
Victim Support will use all donations received to this page to provide support and resources for people affected by the Christchurch shootings and their family members.
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.
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