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Help create a legacy for Hamza Mustafa, aspiring veterinarian killed in Christchurch Shootings

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Hamza Mustafa Memorial Scholarship for Veterinary students. Aspiring veterinarian, Hamza was killed in the Christchurch shootings.

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Hamza Mustafa, 16, and his father Khaled Alhaj Mustafa both died in the Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15th 2019. The Mustafa family had been Syrian refugees in Jordan for five years before moving to New Zealand last year.

Khaled was a valued farrier in the Christchurch community, while Hamza was a talented horse rider, who aspired to be a veterinarian. His career aspirations have been confirmed with the principal at Cashmere High school where Hamza was a student.

Funds raised will be used to create the Hamza Mustafa Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to one or more Massey University veterinary science student(s) annually who fit the criteria to be determined with Hamza’s mother, Salwa Mustafa. Salwa was very touched when this idea was discussed with her and grateful for the opportunity to have her son’s name remembered through a scholarship.

To those involved in the veterinary, equine or other animal related professions, this is our opportunity to not only show that “They are us” but on a personal level to show that “Hamza and Khaled are us”.

To create a named scholarship, a minimum of $30,000 is required, which equates to around $1,500 per year to be awarded to the scholarship recipient(s). We are hoping to collect much more than $30,000 to enable a larger scholarship to be awarded and to have the option to contribute some funding support directly to Salwa and her remaining two children.

The fundraising and organisation is being driven by Vet School staff members Kate Hill and Eloise Jillings (who can be contacted for more details if needed) and has the support of the School of Veterinary Science and the College of Sciences at Massey University.

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Funds raised will used to create the Hamza Mustafa Memorial Scholarship. Additional funding may be donated directly to Salwa Mustafa to help raise her remaining two children

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The School of Veterinary Science advances knowledge in animal health and welfare, biosecurity, conservation and sustainable productivity. We are a world-leader in our field, working with governments, other universities, international and national organisations and companies to improve animal health and production, and human health. We have:

Over 1000 students

250 staff

170 research programmes

Massey University offers New Zealand’s only veterinary degree (Bachelor of Veterinary Science), accredited internationally. In addition, we teach the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology and contribute to the teaching of the University’s agricultural and science programmes.

We also have a range of internationally recognised postgraduate and professional development courses and qualifications.

“This is a beautiful way to welcome Hamza to the Massey vet family. I would have been proud to have him as a colleague.”
“We are one”
“Money is no panacea, but I hope it demonstrates strong communal sympathy and that you are us.”
“I hope that this initiative will, in a small way, provide something positive out of this terrible tragedy.”
“Happy to support an awesome cause :)”
“An amazing initiative!”
“Lest we forget.”
“Fantastic idea, thank you Kate Hill and Eloise Jillings. Much love to Hamza's family.”
“What a lovely idea. I hope it brings Hamza's family a small bit of light xxx”
“I am sorry for your families tragic double loss and I hope you inspire others through your legacy Hamza.”
  • $29,166.00 donated
  • 171 generous donors

$29,166 donated


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